New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Hannah Wentworth

What is your full name and where are you from?

Hannah Wentworth & I am from / live on the Hibiscus Coast, Auckland , NZ.

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

I followed my older brother around when he played it in primary school and thought it would be fun to play with him. As I grew older I loved the freedom basketball brought on the court and the connections & opportunities off the court. I never played netball, so for me basketball was always what I enjoyed most.

What schools did you attend? and what were your achievements and highlights?

From year 7-11 I attended Orewa College and was lucky enough to be coaches there by Tony Webster. For me what Orewa & Tony taught me was confidence in my game and to shoot the ball.
Year 12 & 13 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play at Rangitoto College and under Tony & Chanel Pompallier in year 12 & Josh Davis in year 13. Rangi was fun and provided me with leadership opportunities and exposure I probably wouldn’t have gotten at Orewa.

You are a role model for young women, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?

I think the biggest thing I learnt is to keep my circle small with the people / coaches I trust, and go off what they say. At times I felt overwhelmed with too many people telling me differently and guiding me down different pathways. I’m definitely not saying don’t listen to everyone because you can always learn from everyone and take away different lessons, but know who you trust most and why they say. 

What has been the ultimate highlight so far in your career? 

I think winning U19 nationals in 2019 was one of the coolest tournaments and teams, or the Steven Adams Camp. 

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

I’ve always looked up to Diana Taurasi in terms of her IQ and passing ability, along with her shooting. But in more recent times i’ve watched a lot of tape on Sabrina Ionescu and her game. 

Where do you see women’s basketball in the next five years? 

I mean the sport is continuing to grow, I just hope the equality and opportunities within the sport continue to also even out. The talent level also seems to be getting better and better which is a huge positive for the women’s game in New Zealand. 

Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?

I think Penina is a pretty good example and ambassador for women’s basketball in New Zealand. She’s obviously an extremely legit player but also person, on and off the court.

Who is the ultimate men’s basketball player in New Zealand? 

Always admired the way Mika has played so I guess him.

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 

I brought these Nike Adapt BB 2.0 shoes about a year ago and they light up, they’re pretty cool.

Who has been the hardest person to guard in your career and why? 

Every time I’ve scrimmaged or trained with Brooke Blair she breaks my ankles so probably her.

Have you ever had one of those games where you have felt unstoppable and in that mind set ‘you can’t guard me? 

There was this game a couple years back where I hit like 9 or 10 threes which was pretty crazy. But I think it’s important to have a similar mindset going into every game in order to work your best every single time you take the floor.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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