Ken Tuffin's sights still set on playoff-bound Taranaki, then FEU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 23, 2020 01:47 PM
Ken Tuffin's sights still set on Taranaki, then FEU
(Photo courtesy of NZ NBL)

Ken Tuffin is reportedly on the radar of the New Zealand national team.

Playing for 2020 Sal's NBL playoff hopeful Taranaki Mountainairs, the Filipino-Kiwi has put up per game counts of 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

He has also been a perfect piece alongside playmakers Marcel Jones and Derone Raukawa as he has made good on 44 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Because of that, Tuffin was among the five players who have, according to the NBL itself, surprised thus far in the tournament.

And that surprise has, apparently, introduced the 6-foot-4 forward to more than a few notable names. "His performances may have caught the eye of a Tall Blacks selector or two," the NBL's feature said.

The Tall Blacks are the national team for New Zealand basketball, ranked 24th in the world.

For Tuffin, however, the report, while heartwarming, would not be taking  his full focus away from Taranaki's playoff run. "It's nothing. Honestly, nobody has contacted me," he said.

He then continued, "I'm not really minding the outside noise. I'm just trying to stay on the task at hand."

At present, the Airs are already assured of a top five finish in the elimination round.

If they win their matchup opposite Franklin on Thursday, they have a good shot at a top two-seed and an automatic advance into the semifinals.

Whatever happens with his rookie year in the NZ NBL, the 23-year-old has reiterated anew that he will return to the Philippines a much improved player for Far Eastern University.

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