Tai Wesley

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Tai Wesley
No. 6 – SPM Shoeters Den Bosch
Position Power forward / Center
League Dutch Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1986-05-13) May 13, 1986 (age 27)
Orem, Utah
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 228.8 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Provo (Provo, Utah)
College Utah State (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2012 EiffelTowers Den Bosch
2012–2013 SPO Rouen Basket
2013–present SPM Shoeters Den Bosch
Career highlights and awards

Tai William Evans Wesley (born May 13, 1986) is an American professional basketball forward. He played college basketball at Utah State University where he was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2011. Tai Wesley is also the younger brother of Mekeli Wesley, who in 2001 was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.

Early life and college[edit]

Tai Wesley was born in Orem, Utah and is one of seven children.[1] His father Hiagi Wesley was born in Rotuma, Fiji.[2]

Wesley graduated from Provo High School in 2004 and earned the "Mr. Basketball" title from Deseret News and was named 4A Most Valuable Player by the Salt Lake Tribune. At Utah State, Wesley redshirted his freshman year, went on a two-year Mormon mission to Oaxaca, Mexico, and returned to Utah State in 2007.[1]

He ended his sophomore season in 2009 with averages of 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.[1]

Wesley scored two free throws in the final seconds of the 2011 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament semifinal for Utah State to defeat San Jose State 58-54.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In June 2011, Wesley entered workouts with the NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves.[4] He signed a one-year contract with the Dutch Basketball League team EiffelTowers on June 15, 2011.[5][6] In the 2011–12 season he averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the DBL.[7] After one season in France, Wesley returned to Den Bosch in 2013, when he signed a 1-year contract.[8]

Honors[edit]

Netherlands Netherlands

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

National league statistics

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 0.8 12.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tai Wesley". Utah State Aggies. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hunter, Jeff (January 3, 2011). "Tai Wesley’s Got the Looks". Cache Valley Magazine. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Utah State fights off San Jose State for spot in WAC final". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wolves to workout Kanter, Williams on Thursday". USA Today. Associated Press. June 14, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Newbold, Hurricane John (June 15, 2011). "Tai Wesley to play in Holland". Cache Valley Daily. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ van Kalmthout, Jesse (June 15, 2011). "EiffelTowers strikt Amerikaan Tai Wesley". Omroep Brabant (in Dutch). Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tai Wesley by Eurobasket.com]
  8. ^ "Old faces Wesley and Gonzalvez back in Den Bosch". Brabants Dagblad. 2013–08–07. Retrieved 2014–02–16. 

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