21 Jul 2014

Tall Black star in doubt for World Cup

1:54 pm on 21 July 2014

The Tall Black centre Alex Pledger is likely to miss next month's basketball World Cup in Spain with a foot injury.

Alex Pledger

Alex Pledger Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Pledger needs between four and six weeks to recover and could still play in the tournament which begins on August 30.

After a series victory over South Korea last week, head coach Nenad Vucinic has reduced the national squad from 17 to 14 players before heading to Korea for a further two games followed by a tournament in China.

The squad then goes to Europe with games in Lithuania and Serbia before arriving in Spain in late August.

The Tall Blacks will take both Casey Frank and Nick Horvath on tour despite knowing that only one of the naturalized players can make the final 12 for the World Cup.

Thomas Abercrombie, SkyCity Breakers

Benny Anthony, Wellington Saints

Everard Bartlett, Hawkes Bay Hawks

Isaac Fotu, University of Hawaii

Casey Frank, Waikato Pistons

Nick Horvath, Manawatu Jets

Jarrod Kenny, Hawkes Bay Hawks

Robert Loe, Uni of St Louis

Kirk Penney, Trabzonspor (Turkey)

Lindsay Tait, Wellington Saints

Mika Vukona, Nelson Giants

Corey Webster, Wellington Saints

Tai Webster, University of Nebraska

Tai Wynyard, Super City Rangers