What is your full name and where are you from?
Reuben Karamea Davis. I currently live in Palmerston North and have moved all over the North Island, but I like to say I’m from Waikanae.
Why did you choose the game of basketball?
It was something new that my dad used to play, so thought I’d give it a crack in year 8. I also made the PNBHS sports development program for basketball in year 9 and 10 which was also a contributing factor in me wanting to play.
What schools have you attended, and what are your achievements and highlights?
I attended Palmerston North Boys’ High School, where I was lucky enough to be in multiple leadership roles and top teams/groups.
You are a role model for our younger generation, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?
My advice would be just to get involved and have fun. Whether that’s playing competitively or socially, it’s a fun game, don’t stress too much, go out, play hard and enjoy it.
What has been the ultimate highlight in your basketball career?
Being where I am now with my development role in the Jets is definitely my highlight. Can’t leave out getting to represent Palmy Boys at Super 8 and exchanges throughout 2020 though.
Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?
My past coaches Stacey Lambert and Terry Tanoa influenced me a lot as I feel like they were the ones who gave me a shot at basketball and believed in me. They pushed the whole team and just wanted the best from everyone.
How do you mentally prepare yourself for a game?
I just like to stay positive and keep the good vibes going. A joke with the boys along with a bit of a sing and dance usually does the trick for me.
Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?
Who is the ultimate men’s basketball player in New Zealand?
Jets captian, Jayden Bezzant.
In terms of your playing career, what would be the pinnacle for you?
A professional contract with an NZNBL team would be amazing. Just want to work to the highest level I can.
What’s the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned?
Peak Delly 1s.
Who has been the hardest person to guard in your career and why?
Shane Temara, with his physical strength and size combined with his touch around the rim and shooting ability, he’s a hard man to stop. #KingShaneT
Who is the greatest player of all time and why?
Michael Jordan. Have you watched ‘The Last Dance’?
If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?
I dropped basketball at the end of year 10 to focus on rugby as I didn’t think I could do both. Looking back now I definitely could have played both so my advice would be to stick with it and keep working. It may be hard at times but it will make you a better player and better person.
You are currently playing for the Mighty Manawatu Jets, please tell me about how you came to be selected for this role and how is the season going so far?
Coach Tim McTamney asked me to come to some shooting workouts and after a few of those, I was invited to come along to a pre-season Jets training. From there Tim explained his vision for me and what my role would be in the team this year and I’m stoked to be involved.
Can basketball in New Zealand be improved?
Basketball in New Zealand is currently improving. There are increasing numbers of new players and children getting involved. There loads of tournaments happening nationwide, filled with amazing talent, for both men and women.
What is your favorite food?
Anything my mum makes, but a good spag bol is hard to beat.
Best basketball movie or book of all time?