Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
New Zealand Big Man Tai Wynyard Enjoys Kentucky, Villanova Visits; Texas Up Last
Tai Wynyard, the 6-foot-9 16-year-old power forward from New Zealand who is the son of world champion woodchoppers, enjoyed his visits this week to Kentucky and Villanova and is now visiting Texas.
“Tai thoroughly enjoyed both visits,” Karymyn Wynyard told SNY.tv by email. “There is no great rush at this stage for Tai to commit. The reason we chose to visit so early is we are currently on summer break in NZ so visiting now would give Tai a little insight as to what to expect and how to prepare for College in the US without taking time off school.
“So far we see all three coaches and Colleges are very different. It is an exciting opportunity for Tai as he takes it all in his stride. There was so much to take in at both visits so far, and today has been equally impressive.”
Having seen Kentucky crush Missouri and Villanova beat Xavier, the Wynyards will now watch Texas host West Virginia on Saturday evening.
Wynyard has opted to pursue basketball instead of the family trade, woodchopping.
“Me and dad sometimes head down to the shed and train and I try not to chop my foot off,” Wynyard told New Zealand’s 3news.
His mother prefers he play hoops.
“I don’t want to see him do the wood chopping when he’s got a huge future in basketball possibly,” she told the outlet.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.