Basketball players head to China

The men’s 3x3 basketball team are competing overseas after winning the right to represent Oceania at the FISU 3x3 World University League.

Shay Graham on the court.

Lis Haraqia, Sam Aruwa, Shay Graham and Zac Easthope make up the team that won the national competition in April. They are heading to Xiamen on 12 November, and will play three pool games over the course of a week.

In game one they play the Faculty of Technology of Alagos from Brazil, game two is Uganda’s Ndejje University, and game three is Payame Noor University in Iran.

Zac, who is studying toward a Bachelor of Science, says playing basketball at uni has given him plenty of great opportunities. 

“Because uni is such a huge commitment, students in New Zealand don’t really have the opportunity to play at a high level overseas. But with FISU offering us this opportunity we are able to have experiences we may have missed out on,” he says.

Commerce and Law student Lis agrees. “Training and trying to stay on top of my studies has been challenging but also enjoyable,” he says.

“Having an opportunity to play basketball at this level has helped me stay focused and motivated with both basketball and studies throughout the year. I can’t wait to travel to China to represent the University of Auckland at an international level.”

Sam Aruwa lays the ball up.

Follow their progress

You can stay up to date with the men’s progress by keeping an eye on the UoA Sport Facebook page.

Best of luck guys!