The NZ Breakers Basketball Development Academy is an invitation-only programme where athletes are identified as being of a very high calibre, with all players having represented, or been chosen to represent, NZ at the various junior levels.
The 15 players range in age from u16 to u20, and include both high school students and high school leavers.
The goal of the Academy is to develop Auckland’s best junior talent into Breakers and Tall Blacks, and we have had a great level of success doing so in recent years.
Recent Academy members that are on the current Breakers side are Reuben Te Rangi, Corey Webster and Duane Bailey. The Academy has also helped current and former Tall Blacks on their journey to international basketball, including Corey and Tai Webster, Jack Salt, BJ Anthony, Rob Loe, Isaac Fotu, and Reuben Te Rangi.
The Academy programme includes at least two morning trainings on court at the SKYCITY Breakers headquarters and training facility, with individual skill work led by Elite Development Head Coach Judd Flavell.
The players are placed in groups according to their development needs, and skill work is catered to each group.
The Academy programme also places great emphasis on physical improvements, with the players training every Monday under the expertise of Steve Buckley, the Breakers strength and conditioning coach. Steve tests all athletes for the physical competencies, and has tailored workouts to the needs of each player. The players start with basic body movement patterns, with the aim to build up to full strength and plyometric work.
We are very proud of the work we are able to do with these young players, and the impact our former Academy players are having in the basketball world. We look forward to working alongside the local associations and high schools to help their crop of players achieve their basketball dreams.