Basketball is the third largest winter sport in terms of participation at King's High School. We field many teams ranging from social to competitive, including Year 9 Junior 'A', Year 10 Junior 'A' and the traditional Basketball 1sts. Extra coaching is offered to those students who wish to excel in this sport.
The basis for basketball is the local competition run by Basketball Otago on Friday nights. In 2015 King's won the competition while in 2014 and 2016 we were runners up. In addition to this we have an extensive set of interschool fixtures which include games against Otago Boys', Waitaki Boys', Southland Boys' and Shirley Boys' High Schools. There is also the possibility of age group competitions, South Islands and National Championships.
In 2014 and 2016 the King's Basketball 1st team attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools Basketball tournament in Palmerston North finishing 23rd and 19th respectively.
Basketball at King's High has a proud and long tradition. Many of our ex-pupils continue to play competitively in the local men's grade competition. Our most famous son in the field of basketball is Glen Denham. He attended from 1977-1982 and played over 200 games for New Zealand over an impressive 10 year period from 1988-1997, including many games as Captain.
2016 Head Boy and Basketball Captain Josh Aitcheson was selected for the Junior Tall Blacks and has now signed with the Southland Sharks. Josh is joining fellow old Boy Hayden Allen who is playing his 17th season in the National Basketball League. Other significant selections are Ollie McCombie for the NZ Koru Team, Matt Monga and Liam Ayson for their respective Otago Age Group teams.
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Click here for more information on our Year 9 and 10 Basketball - Sports Performance Programme.