Manawatu Jets

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Manawatu Jets
Manawatu Jets logo
League National Basketball League
Established 1982
History Palmerston North Jets
Manawatu Jets
Arena Arena Manawatu
(Capacity: 4,500)
Location Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Team colours Green, White, Black
Main sponsor Breakers Cafe Bar
President Janet Thompson
General manager Marty O'Fee
Head coach Darron Larsen
Championships 0
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The Manawatu Jets, formerly known as the Palmerston North Jets, are a professional basketball team that play in the New Zealand National Basketball League. They play their home games at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The team boosts several high profile players including former Duke standout Nick Horvath, New Zealand Breakers development player Alonzo Burton, and several former or current Tall Blacks such as Jeremiah Trueman, Troy McLean and Arthur Trousdell. The biggest signed import to play for the Jets was Brandon Payton, brother of former NBA player, Gary Payton. The team was previously coached by former Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets coach, Ryan Weisenberg.[1][2]

Despite holding New Zealand citizenship, Marcel Jones played as the Jets' second import in 2013 along with Chris Hagan, because of a the newly placed league rule where teams can only field one naturalised New Zealand player. Captain Nick Horvath already filled that spot.[3]

The team deliver thousands of hours of community basketball coaching each year via programmes to increase interest and participation in basketball. Much of this work is funded through community trusts such as NZCT and Mainland foundation.[4]

Current roster[edit]

Manawatu Jets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 4 New Zealand Manyang, Dier (DP) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
SG 5 New Zealand McLean, Troy 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PG 7 New Zealand Fee, Nick (DP) 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PG 8 New Zealand Raukawa, Derone (DP) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
SF 9 United States Jones, Paul (I) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
PG 10 New Zealand Bristol, Paul 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PG 11 United States Jenkins, Brandon (I) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 15 New Zealand Te Huna, Matt 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
SF 14 New Zealand Hansen, Steve 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
C 21 New Zealand Horvath, Nick (C) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
F/C 25 New Zealand Trueman, Jeremiah 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
SG 30 New Zealand Burton, Alonzo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
F/C 42 New Zealand Trousdell, Arthur 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
SG 55 New Zealand Hokianga, Kaine 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Head coach
  • New Zealand Darron Larsen
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Miles Pearce
  • New Zealand Ryan Dubbledam
Team manager
  • New Zealand Terry Bristol

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 31 March 2014

Home ground[edit]

The Breakers' Manawatu Jets home stadium is Arena 2, Arena Manawatu, minutes away from the Palmerston North Central Business District. Arena 2 offers first class facilities to spectators, the teams and to the sponsors.

Facilities include indoor seating for up to 2,500 spectators, top class playing showcourt of national competition standard, fantastic changing facilities and a spectacular view from the various corporate lounges.


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