Q&A With Ethan Rusbatch

What is your full name and where are you from?

Ethan Rusbatch. Grew up in twizel. Wellington for 3 years. Christchurch since age 11. 

Why did you choose the game of basketball?

Grew up with it in the family. Watched uncle from a very young age. Fell in love with then and never looked back.

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

Went to a lot of schools. We’ll jump to cashmere high school the. From there did 1 year at Lincoln trail Jr. College in Robinson, Illinois. No massive notable achievements in school for basketball. Just wanted to get better to set me up after school. Obviously getting to do a year in America was pretty cool. Outside of school I think going to a World Cup has been one of my favourite moments. 

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

Fall in love with the grind and the little things no one else likes doing. Be coachable and practice practice practice.

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

Goes with the earlier question. World Cup has been the coolest thing but every first time thing has been really cool for me. First time getting a Tall Black jersey. First minutes, first points. First haka. All been memorable for me.

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

From a young age it was my uncle Kenny Perkins. Being a pro baller he was always someone I’ve looked up too. And of course my mum. She is a trooper. Single mother getting shit done through some very average times. She made it all possible. 

If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be? 

Dont be so cheeky to coaches and try get the last word in even if I was wrong 😂, learned to bite my tongue eventually.

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

Right now. Charlise. She is killing it. 

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

Me 😂 

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

World Cup.

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned?

That’s too hard. I’ve had so many. Kobe 4’s will probably take the cake on that one. 

Who has been the toughest player that you have had to guard? 

Kirk penny and Corey Webster have been some tough covers. Mainly at practice but still. World class. 

Who is the G.O.A.T?

The greatest overall basketball player ever is lebron James. 

What are your plans for 2021?

Get my body 100% and get ready for nz league to have a big season to put myself in a good position to get another contract. Maybe get a couple more tattoos too, haha.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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