Tai Wesley

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Tai Wesley
No. 42 – New Zealand Breakers
Position Power forward
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1986-05-13) May 13, 1986 (age 28)
Orem, Utah
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 34 in (2.00 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Provo (Provo, Utah)
College Utah State (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2012 EiffelTowers Den Bosch
2012–2013 SPO Rouen Basket
2013–2014 SPM Shoeters Den Bosch
2014–present Southland Sharks
2014–present New Zealand Breakers
Career highlights and awards

Tai William Evans Wesley (born May 13, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for Utah State University where he was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2011. Wesley is the younger brother of Mekeli Wesley, the 2001 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. Wesley also plays for the Guam national team.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Orem, Utah to a Fijian father, Hiagi, and an American mother, Susan, Wesley lived in Guam from age five to age eleven when his father worked at the University of Guam.[2][3]

High school career[edit]

Wesley attended Provo High School in Provo, Utah. As a senior in 2003–04, he averaged 16.7 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal per game. He was named tournament MVP after he led Provo to the state title while averaging 19.3 points in four games. He was later named Mr. Basketball in the state of Utah by the Deseret News and the 4A Most Valuable Player by the Salt Lake Tribune.[4]

College career[edit]

After redshirting the 2004–05 season, Wesley did not join the Utah State Aggies until 2007–08 after he went on a two-year Mormon mission to Oaxaca, Mexico. In his freshman season, he shot 63.5% from the field, ranking sixth all-time at Utah State for a single-season. He also scored in double-figures 18 times, including three 20-point games. In 35 games (24 starts), he averaged 9.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.[4][5]

In his sophomore season, he was named to the WAC's all-tournament team and earned NABC All-District 6 second team honors. In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.[4][5]

In his junior season, he was named to the WAC's all-tournament team for the second-straight year and earned All-WAC first team and NABC All-District 6 second team honors. In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game.[4][5]

In his senior season, he earned All-WAC first team honors for the second-straight year. In 34 games, he averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game.[5] In the 2011 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament semi-final, Wesley scored two free throws in the final seconds to defeat San Jose State 58-54.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

On June 15, 2011, Wesley signed a one-year deal with EiffelTowers Den Bosch of the Dutch Basketball League.[7][8] The next day, he attended a pre-draft workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9][10] In 2011–12, he played 41 games for Den Bosch, averaging 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

In July 2012, Wesley signed a one-year deal with SPO Rouen Basket of the LNB Pro B.[11]

In August 2013, Wesley signed a one-year deal with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch, returning to the club for a second stint.[12][13] In April 2014, he was named to the 2014 All-DBL Team.[14]

New Zealand[edit]

On June 5, 2014, Wesley signed with the Southland Sharks for the rest of the 2014 New Zealand NBL season.[15]

On July 22, 2014, Wesley signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League.[16][17]

On November 7, 2014, Wesley re-signed with the Southland Sharks for the 2015 New Zealand NBL season.[18]

International career[edit]

Wesley plays internationally for the Guam national basketball team.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high     Led the league
Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Netherlands Den Bosch DBL 41 26.8 .577 .364 .558 6.1 2.4 1.7 1.0 13.4
2012–13 France Rouen LNB Pro B 33 25.1 .583 .400 .688 5.4 2.4 1.2 .8 12.9
2013–14 Netherlands Den Bosch DBL 45 23.8 .585 .190 .720 5.8 3.3 1.7 .8 14.1
2014 New Zealand Southland NZNBL 8 28.7 .500 .200 .714 9.4 2.5 1.1 .8 16.0

Personal[edit]

Wesley is the son of Hiagi and Susan Wesley, and is one of seven children. His father is Fijian.[19] He is the younger brother of former Brigham Young standout Mekeli Wesley, Utah Valley State graduate Russell Wesley, and 2003 all-state selection Tika Wesley.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guam’s Tai Wesley joins New Zealand NBL". FoxSportsPulse.com. July 17, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Q+A With Tai Wesley". NBL.com.au. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wesley arrival gives Breakers food for thought". Stuff.co.nz. July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tai Wesley Bio". UtahStateAggies.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Tai Wesley Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Utah State fights off San Jose State for spot in WAC final". ESPN.com. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "EiffelTowers strikt Amerikaan Tai Wesley". OmroepBrabant.nl (in Dutch). June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tai Wesley signs 1 year deal with Dutch team". usustats.com. June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wolves to workout Kanter, Williams on Thursday". USAToday.com. June 14, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "USU Hoops: Wesley's NBA look". SLTrib.com. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "ShamSports.com: Tai Wesley player profile". ShamSports.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "SPM Shoeters add Tai Wesley, David Gonzalvez". Sportando.com. August 7, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Oude bekenden Wesley en Gonzalvez terug in Den Bosch". BD.nl (in Dutch). August 7, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Meeste seizoenprijzen naar GasTerra Flames". iBasketball.nl (in Dutch). April 21, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Southland Sharks bulk up their sagging stocks". Stuff.co.nz. June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "BREAKERS SIGN GUAM INTERNATIONAL TO ROSTER". NBL.com.au. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand Breakers sign power forward Tai Wesley". 3News.co.nz. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Southland Sharks snare Wesley for second stint". Stuff.co.nz. November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Tai Wesley a prize catch for Southland Sharks". Stuff.co.nz. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 

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