Northern Kāhu are delighted to announce the signing of Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu for the upcoming Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa season.
Jazzmyne joins the growing list of local players to join the Kāhu.
With so much basketball having been cancelled in the past two years, Jazz can’t wait to get back on court.
“I’m so looking forward to the season starting as we haven’t played for so long,” said the 20 year-old forward whose last serious basketball was played in August 2021.
Back then she played both games for Harbour Breeze, in the aborted NBL season, averaging 11 points and 9.5 rebounds across the two contests.
In 2020 Jazz had averaged 7.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Breeze in their Sal’s NBL Championship winning team.
The 185cm forward enjoyed a terrific junior career playing at Saint Mary’s College, Ponsonby and in the North Harbour representative programme.
In 2019 Jazz was named to the Tournament Team at the U19 National Championships where she was a key performer in Harbour’s title winning team.
She was also named to Tournament Team at Secondary Schools Nationals that year where St Mary’s were bronze medallists.
Jazz has played on a number of New Zealand age-group teams, most noticeably at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus. She was the team’s leading rebounder pulling down 9 rebounds per game and also averaged 6.1 points per game in Minsk.
Jazz says she has enjoyed the experiences gained with all the teams she has played for.
“I appreciate all the opportunities I have been given, it’s been a privilege.
“I love the team first culture of basketball in New Zealand and I’m sure that will continue with the Kāhu – it’s going to be a pleasure to be part of the first Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa season playing with and against most of New Zealand’s top players.”
Jazz confesses the player she is most looking forward to suiting up with this season is Micaela Cocks.
“Everyone knows Micaela, she’s a household name in New Zealand basketball and we love her.
“It’s going to be so cool to pay alongside her and learn from a veteran player. Doing so with friends and family watching on is going to be amazing.”
We couldn’t agree more Jazz, and we don’t have long to wait to see you, Micaela and the rest of the Kāhu team in action.
The Kāhu play their first home game, against Tokomanawa Queens at Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre on Monday July 4. Season Memberships are now available, click here to find out more.
Jazz joins Akiene-Tera Reed, Tahlia Tupaea, Ash Kelman-Poto, as well as Micaela Cocks, on the Kāhu roster. More players announcements will follow in the near future.