Te Rangi NZ’s Next Hope
David Hein, FIBA
The New Zealand NBL regular season came to an end this past weekend and with it closed off an impressive first season as a professional for Reuben Te Rangi – one of the Kiwis’ biggest hopes for the future.
Despite being just 17 years old, Te Rangi averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from long range in 15 games for the Harbour Heat of Auckland.
While he did struggle down the stretch with just nine total points in the final four games, he did average 12.8 over a five-game stretch between late March and early May, which included his two top performances – a 19-point showing against Bay Hawks and 18 points on 6-of-6 three-point shooting against Southland Sharks.