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Tai Jack Webster (born May 29, 1995) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL) and the EuroCup. He played college basketball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He has previously played professionally in both the Australian National Basketball League and the New Zealand National Basketball League, winning championship in 2012 with the Auckland Pirates and in 2012–13 with the New Zealand Breakers.

Tai Webster
Tai Webster 2017.jpg
Tai Webster pregame 2017
No. 0 – Galatasaray
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueBasketbol Süper Ligi
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1995-05-29) May 29, 1995 (age 24)
Auckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High schoolWestlake Boys
(Auckland, New Zealand)
CollegeNebraska (2013–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012-2013New Zealand Breakers
2017–2018Skyliners Frankfurt
2018–presentGalatasaray
Career highlights and awards

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Early careerEdit

Born in Auckland, Webster attended Westlake Boys High School where he led them to the National Secondary Schools Basketball Championships in October 2012, scoring 24 points en route to garnering tournament MVP honours. While attending Westlake, he played basketball for the North Harbour juniors; from 2010 to 2012, he played for the North Harbour U17s, U19s and U21s.

In 2012, Webster played for the Auckland Pirates, where in two games, he recorded a total of two points and two assists.[1] The Pirates went on to win the 2012 championship with an 89–83 win over the Wellington Saints in the grand final.[2]

In August 2012, Webster joined the New Zealand Breakers as a non-contracted development player for the 2012–13 NBL season.[3] In December 2012, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.[4]

In April 2013, Webster signed with the Waikato Pistons for the 2013 New Zealand NBL season.[5] In 15 games for Waikato, he averaged 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game.[1]

College careerEdit

Freshman yearEdit

As a freshman for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2013–14, Webster was an immediate contributor, averaging 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32 games (30 starts) while helping the Huskers reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. He led Nebraska with 63 assists and was also among the team leaders in steals. Webster reached double figures four times, including a season-high 14 points against Georgia, and paced the squad in assists eight times. His season-best was five assists on three occasions.[6]

Sophomore yearEdit

As a sophomore in 2014–15, Webster emerged as one of the first Huskers off the bench, backing-up starting guards Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields. He fell out of the rotation early in Big Ten play but found a role as the Huskers' energy guy off the bench and his improved defense showed in other facets of his game. In 30 games (four starts), he averaged 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.4 minutes per game.[6]

Junior yearEdit

As a junior in 2015-16, Webster averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

Senior yearEdit

As a senior in 2016-17, Webster averaged 17.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 34.7 minutes per game. Leading up to the NBA draft, many thought Webster could be a "second-round sleeper."[7]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Nebraska 32 30 22.8 .304 .171 .619 2.1 2.0 0.8 0.1 3.9
2014–15 Nebraska 30 4 18.4 .358 .231 .737 1.9 1.2 0.7 0.1 3.9
2015–16 Nebraska 34 18 27.7 .474 .350 .740 4.1 1.9 1.4 0.4 10.1
2016–17 Nebraska 31 31 34.7 .421 .294 .744 5.1 4.0 1.4 0.1 17.0
Career 127 83 25.9 .414 .279 .715 3.3 2.3 1.0 0.2 8.8

Professional careerEdit

Webster went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. He joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2017 Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

He signed with Skyliners Frankfurt in Germany for the 2017-2018 season. He posted 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game in his rookie season. Webster signed with the Turkish team Galatasaray on August 7, 2018.[8]

International careerEdit

Webster represented New Zealand in the 2012 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament where he averaged 13.5 points per game. On August 19, 2014, he was named in the Tall Blacks' twelve-man squad for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[9]

PersonalEdit

Webster is the son of Tony and Cherry Webster. Tony was a standout athlete in his own right, earning first team All-WAC honors at Hawaii in 1983 and ranking fourth on Hawaii’s career steals list before playing professionally in New Zealand. His older brother, Corey, plays professionally for Ironi Nahariya of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Player statistics for Tai Webster
  2. ^ Auckland NBL Champions
  3. ^ BREAKERS WELCOME BACK WEBSTER AS ROSTER IS FINALISED
  4. ^ Webster Officially in the Fold
  5. ^ Tai Webster's signing should get Pistons firing
  6. ^ a b c "Tai Webster Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Chapman, Grant (2017-04-11). "NBA: Brogdon surprise paves way for Kiwi Tai Webster's NBA dream". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  8. ^ "Galatasaray signs Jaka Klobucar and Tai Webster". Sportando. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Tall Blacks cut down squad for FIBA World Cup

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