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Taane Samuel leaves DLSU to turn pro in New Zealand


Miles Morales

Kiwi student-athlete Taane Samuel of the De La Salle University Green Archers has decided to stay in his home country and play professional basketball there.

The development was reported by the Stuff New Zealand on Tuesday.

The 6’8 Samuel, whose freshman year in the Taft-based squad has been derailed by a Jones fracture, will suit up for NBL team Manawatū Jets.

“Taane trained with us in mid-February and from the onset it was clear he could make a real contribution to our group,” Jets head coach Tim McTamney was reported as saying.

Samuel’s short-lived stint in the UAAP only lasted for four games, where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in four games.

The big man suffered a Jones fracture on his debut game against the FEU Tamaraws. Now fully recovered, he is enjoying being back on court and regaining his fitness.