New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jack Exeter

What is your full name and where are you from?

Jack Joseph Exeter, and I was born in raised in Christchurch.

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

I was a typical kiwi kid played rugby in the winter and cricket in the summer and I managed to find some success within those sports respectively. My dad introduced me to basketball when he put a hoop up in the backyard, and I was hooked ever since I couldn’t get enough of shooting out in the backyard. I saw lots of improvements early on and got addicted to trying to add new moves and improve my skills. 

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

I attended Rangiora High School for 5 years and we managed to make it to the final in my final year in the Christchurch competition. We always however were unable to crack the top six in the South Island as we were always pipped to make secondary school nationals. I’m a bit of a different story to a lot of kids as I never made a NZ national age group team nor did I pursue heading over to the U.S for basketball as I wanted to stay closer to home to study and be apart of the Rams. I felt while everyone was heading off I had somewhat of an advantage by staying and investing myself into the system. 

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

Have fun with the game first and for most just enjoy getting out there and playing and training, also work hard and success will come with time and patience. 

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

Playing in the NBL showdown was the highlight so far, getting the opportunity that I did on that stage and be able to compete with the Rams was an awesome experience and great exposure for a player like myself. I hope to continue to build on that and keep improving in the future. 

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

My dad has been one of the biggest influences in basketball as he was the one that introduced me to the game at 13 years old, trained me everyday, drove me to trainings, came and helped at our trainings, he did everything he could to help me be successful. Also Mick Downer is a huge influence as he had the confidence and belief in me to be able to be a part of the Rams organisation and has been an awesome coach for my development. 

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

I don’t feel I can give a definite and solid answer as to who is the ultimate women’s basketball player, however Mary Goulding who went to Rangiora actually would give buckets in some of the off season workouts this year.

Who is the ultimate mens basketball player in New Zealand? 

I would have to say Steven Adams as he’s made it all the way to the NBA which is arguably the best league in the world and is one of top big men in the league, it just shows kids in New Zealand that its a real possibility if you put in the work. Also would have to mention Mika Vukona who has been a stalwart for New Zealand basketball for years and was crazy to play against him at the NBL showdown. 

In terms of your playing career, what would be the pinnacle for you? 

My goals are to keep having fun with the game and keep putting in the work, goals for me are to become a name in New Zealand basketball and to hopefully one day get a chance at earning a ANBL development spot in the future. I can’t really say what the pinnacle for me would be as I’m very focused on right now and what I can do to improve. 

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 

I was a huge Derrick Rose fan so earlier on I used to get the D rose basketball shoes, I would have to say those were my favourite basketball shoes. 

You played in this years NBL. What were the highlights for you? 

The highlights were being able to get out on the court, in the first game against the Huskies and be able to compete and perform at a high level in my professional debut, was a great way to get rid of all my nerves and butterflies leading into that. Then definitely making it all the way to the semi final against the nuggets, as we battled against a lot of adversity in injuries and managed to come back from the bottom of the table to making a serious push for the title. 

Who is the toughest player that you have had to guard?

I remember in the second game we played against Taranaki my job was to  start the game and guard Derone Raukawa to get him out of rhythm and slow him down essentially. He scored like 3 straight buckets on me and I was just in for an extremely long night, he would have to be one of the toughest. Also guarding Taylor Britt each day at practice was a difficult and tiring task.

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Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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