Report: Hoosiers to add New Zealander #iuwbb

Indiana will be adding a guard from overseas midseason, according to The Press News out of New Zealand.

Laken Wairau, a 5-foot-9 guard out of New Zealand, will reportedly join the team at the end of December.

“It’s pretty surreal,” the 18-year-old from Christchurch High School told The Press. “Coming from a small country like New Zealand and moving to the US is a pretty big deal, but I’m nothing but excited about it and I’ve just got to embrace the opportunity.”

The Hoosiers have been in some need of backcourt depth. Junior college point guard Victoria Kemokai left the team in October, and the Hoosiers currently have 10 active players on their roster.

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  1. It would be really interesting to know how she made a connection to IU and if the coach’s had seen her play anywhere? Some high school stats would be interesting to see also? We can certainly use more depth at the guard position. Please find us some more information John.

  2. watched youtube. She is a natural shooter with a quick release but not terribly athletic and a bit slow. You never know what the coaching staff is thinking or how they plan to use a kid.

  3. Also watched the youtube and was surprised at her apparent slowness but does seem to have a nice shot, but of course the recruiting reels always show their best stuff. You never know how much what you see is related to the competition level around the player. If she is that slow it will show up in the faster college game.

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