|No. 42 – New Zealand Breakers|
May 13, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Provo (Provo, Utah)|
|College||Utah State (2007–2011)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|2011–2012||EiffelTowers Den Bosch|
|2012–2013||SPO Rouen Basket|
|2013–2014||SPM Shoeters Den Bosch|
|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 (ANBL). 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.
High school career
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
On June 15, 2011, Wesley signed a one-year deal with EiffelTowers Den Bosch of the Dutch Basketball League. The next day, he attended a pre-draft workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 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.
On June 5, 2014, Wesley signed with the Southland Sharks for the rest of the 2014 New Zealand NBL season. On November 7, 2014, he re-signed with the Southland Sharks for the 2015 New Zealand NBL season. On April 14, 2015, he was named co-Player of the Week for Round 2 alongside Taranaki Mountainairs forward Aaron Fuller. On June 18, he earned co-Player of the Week honors again, this time for Round 11 alongside Torrey Craig of the Wellington Saints.
New Zealand Breakers
On July 22, 2014, Wesley signed a one-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League. On December 31, 2014, he was named Player of the Week for Round 12 after scoring a season-high 23 points against the Sydney Kings on December 26.
On May 15, 2015, Wesley re-signed with the Breakers for the 2015–16 season. The American-born, Guam-qualified, Fijian-bloodlined tough guy was experimented at the centre position by head coach Dean Vickerman during the 2015 Pre-season Blitz after Wesley improved his fitness and lowered his weight during the off-season. He started the regular season in good form, but was ruled out for two to three weeks on November 12 with appendicitis.
|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|
|2012–13||Rouen||LNB Pro B||33||25.1||.583||.400||.688||5.4||2.4||1.2||.8||12.9|
Wesley is the son of Hiagi and Susan Wesley, and is one of seven children. His father is Fijian of Rotuman descent. 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.
Wesley and his wife, Chyna, have a son named Major.
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