UAAP gives green light for Ken Tuffin to make NZ NBL debut

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2020 02:35 PM
UAAP gives green light for Ken Tuffin to make NZ NBL debut
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Ken Tuffin will be back for his fifth and final year for Far Eastern University - and he will do so after getting much-welcome experience in a semi-professional league.

Tuffin has been officially allowed by the UAAP to play in the New Zealand National Basketball League, which already tipped off its brand new season a day ago.

FEU representative to the Board of Managing Directors Mark Molina confirmed the development.

With this, the Filipino-Kiwi forward will suit up for the Taranaki Airs for the first time on Wednesday evening (Philippine time) where they will be matched up opposite the Franklin Bulls.

Tuffin sat out Taranaki’s season-opener against Nelson last Wednesday as he awaited approval from the UAAP.

The Mountainairs triumphed, 112-96, and now try for back-to-back wins with their 6-foot-4 forward in tow.

"Didn't play last night. Had to sit out just to be sure," he shared. "But now, I'm looking forward to getting out there and contributing in any way they need me to."

After his stint in the NZ NBL, Tuffin has vowed to return to the Philippines where he will lead the Tamaraws in the UAAP 83 penciled in for the first half of 2021.

The FEU skipper's debut, as well as the rest of the season, is available for livestream courtesy of the NZ NBL Pass.

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