What is your full name and where are you from?
Jackson Stubbins from Lower Hutt. Why did you choose the game of basketball? Grew up watching my sisters play basketball and would always go to their trainings because my mum was the coach and just fell in love with the sport.
What schools did you attend, and what were your achievements and highlights?
Went to Hutt Valley High School from 2008-2012. Highlight at high school was being coached by some great coaches in Zico Coronel and Seth Weakley as well as getting to play alongside people who will always be my friends. Biggest achievement was finishing 3rd in 2012 only losing to a stacked Westlake team that had guys like Tai Webster, Jack Salt, Alex Talma, Josh Howe, Jaylen Gerrand.
Outside of playing in the NBL, what other involvement do you have with basketball?
I run a basketball programme in Wellington called Splash Brothers Basketball. The focus is on player development, so give us a follow on FB or IG @splashbrothersbasketball if you want to find out more.
I also work for Capital Basketball going into Primary and Intermediate schools and running KiwiHoops programmes as well as recently started a role as basketball development officer in the Wairarapa.
You are a role model for young men and women, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?
A quote that always stuck with me. “Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling”. Having a great work ethic, showing respect, being committed are just some of the character traits that attract coaches and organisations when recruiting players.
What has been the ultimate highlight so far in your career?
Winning my first national rep title in Under 19s under coach George Le’afa. It was extra special because our whole team knows how much work he had put into our team over the years and we wanted to repay him with a championship. FYI: He needs to be coaching at a higher level.
Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?
My family. They have all been in and around basketball and love the sport. Their support over the years has helped me continue to do what I love.
Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?
I don’t think it would be fair to narrow it down to one person. I think the women’s game is strong in this country and the young talent coming through is going to mean it stays strong for many years to come. What I do know is that we as a basketball community and country need to support the women’s game more and provide them with opportunities to play high level basketball on our shores while also furthering their studies or career ambitions.
Who is the ultimate men’s basketball player in New Zealand?
Again I don’t like singling out anyone, but it’s hard to go past Steven Adams. I would also put Corey Webster in that category, having the opportunity to play alongside him at the Wellington Saints, I have no idea how he is not in the NBA.
Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have ever owned?
Hard to go past the Kobe 6’s.
What were the highlights for you playing in this years NBL?
Firstly, I think the opportunity to even play basketball was a blessing given the current state of the world.
I was very lucky to be drafted by a great organisation in the Franklin Bulls. The highlight for me was being a part of an organisation who is so committed to creating a culture of high character people who genuinely care about one another and will put the players first. It’s easy to get caught up in the winning and losing but success isn’t built overnight. I’m really grateful for the time I had at Franklin and I’m sure they will have success in the future after laying down the foundations for the club.
If you have one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?
Focus more on the process of becoming successful and less on winning and losing games.