Thomas Abercrombie (basketball)
|No. 10 – New Zealand Breakers|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
5 July 1987 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Listed height||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Listed weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
|High school||Westlake Boys
(Auckland, New Zealand)
|College||Washington State (2007–2008)|
|2008–present||New Zealand Breakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school career
Abercrombie captained the Westlake Boys High School to the national secondary schools basketball title in his senior year, averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game, while being named NZ Academy of Sport High Performance Player for the second successive year. He won the WBHS Trophy for Academic and Sporting Excellence in 2002 and 2004.
In 2006, Abercrombie moved to the United States to attend Washington State University. However, in 2006–07, he did not play for the Cougars. In 2007–08, he played 12 games, averaging 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Following the 2007–08 season, he returned to New Zealand.
New Zealand Breakers
In June 2008, Abercrombie signed with the New Zealand Breakers as a development player for the 2008–09 NBL season. He would later go on to help the Breakers win three consecutive NBL championships from 2011–2013 and also be awarded the Larry Sengstock Medal for being the 2011 Grand Final's Most Valuable Player. Abercrombie won his fourth ANBL championship in 2014–15, leading the Breakers alongside imports Cedric Jackson and Ekene Ibekwe.
On 27 May 2015, Abercrombie re-signed with the Breakers on a three-year deal.
In September 2008, Abercrombie signed with the Waikato Pistons for the 2009 New Zealand NBL season. As a rookie, he would lead the Pistons to their fourth championship and played outstanding in the finals series, averaging 17.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.5apg being one of the Pistons top players. Along with a championship, he was named rookie of the year and to the All-Star five.
Since that championship he has been unable to taste championship success with the Pistons again, losing in the finals series the next year to a well drilled Wellington Saints team. Although they lost that finals series, he averaged 25ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3bpg. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Star five.
Abercrombie's 3rd season for the Pistons was a late start because of New Zealand Breakers duties, but he came back to the Pistons and led them to the 2nd best record in the NZNBL heading into the Final Four Weekend in Wellington. But the Pistons fell short once again, losing to the Hawke's Bay Hawks in the semi-final, 95–86. Abercrombie pitched in with 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists but this was not enough to beat the Hawks. He was again named to the All-Star five, for the third time in three seasons.
On 20 February 2014, Abercrombie signed with the Waikato Pistons for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season. On 31 March 2014, the Pistons released Abercrombie from his contract to allow him to sign in France.
Abercrombie played for New Zealand in the 2007 World University Games. He went on to represent New Zealand in the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship, 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship.
In 2013, Abercrombie took part in mini-camp opportunities with NBA teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. He then joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2013 NBA Summer League.
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