Alex Pledger

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Alex Pledger
No. 35 – New Zealand Breakers
Position Centre
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 28)
Blenheim, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 213 cm (7 ft 0 in)
Listed weight 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school Hamilton Boys'
(Hamilton, New Zealand)
College Missouri–Kansas City (2005–2008)
Belmont Abbey (2008–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2011 Waikato Pistons
2009–present New Zealand Breakers
2012 Auckland Pirates
Career highlights and awards
  • 4x ANBL champion (20112013, 2015)
  • NZNBL champion (2012)
  • NZNBL MVP (2011)

Alex John Pledger (born 27 March 1987) is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL. He is also a member of the New Zealand national basketball team.

College career[edit]

Pledger played NCAA Division I basketball for two seasons with the University of Missouri Kansas City Kangaroos.[1] In his freshman season, he saw action in eight games while playing sparingly off the bench. Pledger saw significantly more action in his sophomore year, playing in 29 of 32 games while starting 23 of them. He averaged 5.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and added 31 blocks, which ranked third in the Mid-Continent Conference.[1]

After a foot injury limited him to one game in the 2007–08 season, Pledger transferred to Belmont Abbey College in 2008 for his final college season. Pledger played in twelve games for the Division II Crusaders in 2008–09, averaging 12.1 points to go along with a team-leading 5.9 rebounds and 19 blocks.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Following graduating from Belmont Abbey, Pledger returned to New Zealand and joined the Waikato Pistons for the rest of the 2009 New Zealand NBL season. In June 2009, he signed with the New Zealand Breakers as a development player for the 2009–10 NBL season.[3] Following the ANBL season, he re-joined the Waikato Pistons for the 2010 New Zealand NBL season.

In April 2010, he signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers.[4]

Following the 2010–11 ANBL season, he again re-joined the Waikato Pistons for the 2011 New Zealand NBL season. Pledger went on to be named the league's Most Valuable Player over Pistons teammates Jerry Smith and Jason Crowe. For the season, he averaged 16.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.

In December 2011, he signed with the Auckland Pirates for the 2012 New Zealand NBL season.[5]

In 2012, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Breakers.[6]

Pledger was awarded the Round 22 and 23 Player of the Week award for the 2012–13 season.[7][8]

On March 18, 2015, Pledger recommitted to the Breakers before going under the knife to have his turf toe problem repaired.[9]

International career[edit]

Pledger made his senior debut with the New Zealand national basketball team at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008, seeing limited action off the bench for the Tall Blacks.[10] He also played for the team at the FIBA Oceania Championship 2009. Pledger saw significantly more action, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in Game 1 in a narrow loss to Australia before adding 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in a New Zealand Game 2 victory that gave the Tall Blacks their third Oceania Championship.[11]

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