The Breakers Development Academy is an elite training programme for the most talented secondary school players in the Auckland area. The Academy players are selected through various talent identification opportunities, such as performance at rep and school tournaments, as well as NZ age group camps. The goal of the Academy is to assist in the player’s development on their pathway to eventually become Breakers and Tall Blacks.
All athletes in the Academy are between years 11 – 13 and must be based locally, as the group trains three mornings per week before school. Training focusses on individual skill development with a real emphasis on execution of the simple skills of the game such as footwork and shot technique. Team concepts such as using ball screens are also developed during Academy sessions.
Academy sessions are led by Development Head Coach Michael Fitchett, with assistance from Justin Bailey and Morgan Maskell.
The Academy has played a part in the development of 12 players that have represented NZ for the Tall Blacks. Former Academy members that are now playing professionally include Isaac Fotu, Rob Loe, Corey Webster, Reuben Te Rangi, while Tai Webster will soon join them in the pro ranks. Academy athletes that are currently competing in the US NCAA system include Tai Wynyard, Matt Freeman, Jack Salt and Sam Waardenburg.
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.