Vukona to lead New Zealand basketball team

FIJI born Mika Vukona will captain the Tall Blacks at the Commonwealth Games.

Stuff.co.nz reported Vukona and Tom Abercrombie are back to bolster the Tall Blacks for April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

It was reported the duo didn’t play in New Zealand’s recent outing in the February FIBA international window when they secured away victories over China and Korea.

Abercrombie sat out after the recent birth of his second child while Vukona was rested ahead of the Breakers’ Australian NBL semi-final against Melbourne.

Vukona was born om May 13, 1982.

Born in Suva to Fijian father, Clem and New Zealand mother, Marianne Wikipedia reported Vukona was raised here for the first five years before moving to the New Zealand coastal city of Tauranga.

Vukona played rugby until age 15 when his mother forced him to stop, leading him to follow his brother’s footsteps and started playing basketball.

His loss in rugby union was his gain in basketball.

“Vukona went on to become a member of the national under 16, 18 and 20 sides. Vukona’s high school years saw him attend both Bethlehem College and Nelson College,” Wikipedia reported.

“Vukona made his professional debut in 2000 with the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand NBL, while still a student at Nelson College.

Vukona and his wife, Vanessa, have two children.

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