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Trueman returns to Jets

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November 19, 2013
Jeremiah Trueman

Jeremiah Trueman

The Manawatu Jets have finalised negotiations with another stand-out big man, confirming Tall Black Jeremiah Trueman as the team’s second signing for the 2014 National Basketball League season, joining Nick Horvath in the powerful Jets front court.

Trueman sounded a warning to Jets rivals and a call to sports fans in the Manawatu.

“The Jets of 2014 are going to be different from years past and I hope the citizens of Manawatu can see the positive steps this club has made.

“Ultimately, we are a club still chasing its first championship. With a solid foundation of core values and a team made up of individuals, who are willing to sacrifice individual accolades and achievements for the benefit of the team, this club will be successful.”

The two-metre tall, 26-year-old Trueman brings NBL experience dating back to his time with the Nelson Giants in 2004 and is a former Tall Black with playing experience on the American collegiate scene. Trueman has also had stints with two of the best teams in the Australian league, having played for both the New Zealand Breakers and the Perth Wildcats.

Trueman, known to team-mates and coaches as “JT”. is an important piece of the puzzle for Jets head coach Darron Larsen.

“JT is another big signing for us and an important piece to our front court, along with Nick Horvath. The experience and leadership that he brings from the ANBL, especially from his time with the Perth Wildcats, is invaluable to us.”

Trueman has a reputation as a tenacious trainer with a tireless work ethic and is known as a player who makes the players around him better.

“JT epitomises the word ‘team’. He does all the little things to help make his team better,” adds Larsen.

A family man. Trueman spent his childhood in Brazil, where his parents were Christian missionaries. Not surprisingly, his first love was football, but upon returning to New Zealand, his height and athleticism made basketball an obvious choice.

Trueman expressed excitement in returning to Palmerston North and had a message for any potential Jets fans.

“We, as a family, are thrilled to be returning to Palmerston North as part of the Jets for another season.

“Fortunately, I have an opportunity to be part of this club during an exciting period of its history. There are new people involved in the management and leadership of the Jets organisation that bring qualities and values to help the Jets stand for more than just wins and losses.”