Teen star to fol­low hoop dreams at US univer­sity

‘‘A lot of peo­ple have helped me get to where I am to­day. I’m like a sponge and love to soak ev­ery­thing up.’’ ‘‘I was re­ally im­pressed with the coach­ing setup, the fa­cil­i­ties and the at­mos­phere around the team,’’ he said. ‘‘It will be an ideal en­vi­ron­men

Waikato Times - - Sport - Marc Hin­ton

As Kiwi school­boy hoops sen­sa­tion Kruz Per­rott-Hunt wryly notes, ‘‘bas­ket­ball never stops’’.

Not for him any­way, with a year of big mo­ments on the hard­wood con­tin­u­ing to net the high points for the 17-year-old Ros­mini Col­lege stand­out.

Al­ready this year, Per­rott-Hunt has tucked away back-to-back na­tional school­boy ti­tles with his Auck­land in­sti­tu­tion, fin­ished run­ner-up at the Fiba Asia Cup (and qual­i­fied for the World Cup) with the Ju­nior Tall Blacks, landed a Breakers de­vel­op­ment spot, been named best de­fen­sive player at the Nike Asia camp in China and be­come the lat­est ju­nior prodigy to be pro­moted to Paul Henare’s na­tional se­nior squad.

Now, to cap it all, he has se­cured him­self a full schol­ar­ship at NCAA divi­sion one col­lege the Univer­sity of South Dakota.

‘‘Bas­ket­ball never stops for me. I love it,’’ he tells Stuff.

Per­rott-Hunt, who was named ear­lier this week in Paul Henare’s 14-strong Tall Blacks squad to pre­pare for the next Fiba world cup qual­i­fy­ing win­dow, an­nounced on Fri­day, soon af­ter sit­ting his yearend busi­ness stud­ies exam, that he would be head­ing to South Dakota to play his col­lege hoops.

Life has cer­tainly been flow­ing by at a rapid clip for the shoot­ing guard who made his visit to the cam­pus just last week­end, and was clearly im­pressed with what he saw, an­nounc­ing his in­ten­tion to com­mit for 2019 in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math. Kruz Per­rott-Hunt

The Coy­otes made it clear from the out­set of the re­cruit­ing process they were keen on the young New Zealan­der, and as soon as he saw with his own eyes what was on of­fer he jumped at the chance. Never mind that other schools were also show­ing in­ter­est.

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