The Sky Tower Auckland Huskies are delighted to announce the signing of wingman Takiula Fahrensohn for the upcoming Sal’s NBL season.

The former Auckland Grammar School standout has spent the last four years at the University of Portland Pilots playing in the highly regarded NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Taki played most of his age-group representative basketball for Waitakere West earning international recognition in 2016 when he played for the Junior Tall Blacks gold medal winning team at the FIBA U18 Oceania Championships in Fiji.

Huskies Head Coach Aaron Young is delighted to add another piece to the Huskies playing puzzle.

“Taki really fits what we are trying to do as a programme. He’s been away to college and now returns to represent Auckland. He’s a home-grown kid who has played a lot of basketball in Auckland.

“He’s got international size, 6’7” tall, a high IQ player and he knows how to make an impact at both ends of the floor. I’m looking forward to him transferring that size and skill to the next level.

“For him to go and get that experience at a good university programme, the University of Portland, and then come home to begin his professional career with the Huskies is really exciting.

The increased depth of the team creates some challenges for the head coach.

“There will definitely be some tough selection decisions moving forward. However that’s what you want as a coach, people competing for spots. As a coach I’m always going to do what’s best for the team in the long run.” 

Taki came out of MIQ on Monday and is relishing being back to the “normality” of New Zealand.

“Having no Covid is a bit of a shock. On the bus from the airport I was looking outside and seeing people without masks which seemed odd having come from the States.

“I’m excited to be home as I haven’t been in NZ very much in the last four years. The family will be keen to come and watch me play as they haven’t been able to come to the States recently.”

A little reluctant to talk much about his own game he is more focused on the collective effort of the team.

“We want to take this thing out and win the title. We’ve made a good start this season so we want to keep the ball rolling.”

Having graduated from Portland University with a Marketing Degree, Taki is keen to use his basketball talents to carve out a career initially.

“I want to play until the wheels fall off and see where it takes me – playing professionally is the immediate goal.”

Having begun training on Tuesday, Taki is questionable to make his Huskies debut against Nelson Giants on Sunday. Huskies staff will be monitoring his transition out of quarantine and back on court with a final decision to be made on when Taki’s first game with the team will be.

Taki will be following in the footsteps of his dad and brother when he makes his NBL debut. Father Jeff Fahrensohn played for both the Waitakere Rangers and Wellington Saints while brother Christopher suited up for the Super City Rangers.

A replacement player for Jeremy Kendle, who returns to Australia following Sunday’s game against Nelson Giants, is due to be announced in the near future.

The 2021 Sky Tower Auckland Huskies:

Brook Ruscoe, Nick Barrow, Tom Vodanovich, Taki Fahrensohn, Theo Johnson, Chris McIntosh, Ana Haku, Dontae Russo-Nance, Reuben Fitzgerald, Jackson Smyth, Sean Murphy, Zach Riley, Kiani Saxon, Jeremy Kendle and American forward Chris Johnson.

The Huskies play this Sunday May 9th against Nelson Giants at Eventfinda Stadium, tip-off 5.00pm. Get your tickets here.