Basketball is one of the most global sports in the world. If a player becomes good enough at basketball, there is a world of opportunity for them to make more than a comfortable living playing the game. There are many pathways if a player wants to pursue a professional pathway in basketball both here at home in New Zealand (NZ Breakers, or NBL teams) or abroad in USA, Australia, Phillipines, Turkey, Israel, China and many other countries.
The normal pathway within New Zealand is playing for your high school, playing representative basketball, and then through path ways into the national teams or national junior team camps.
By playing representative basketball, players become eligible to be nominated and selected for Basketball New Zealand programmes and teams.
There are many opportunities to experience basketball in varying levels overseas with various groups, especially targeting players between 9 – 16 years old, which players may be presented with, but players should in our mind, prioritize playing for their school, representing Northland Basketball by playing representative basketball, and any opportunities to play at a national or international level that arise from their participation in representative basketball.