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Cairns Taipans

Sam Waardenburg

Cairns Taipans

Sam Waardenburg

 

2023-2024 Averages

Full Stats
Points

9.7

PPG

Assists

1.8

APG

Rebounds

5.2

RPG

Field Goals

43

FG%

Statistics
The Latest
Team Members
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# 21
Date of Birth
21st February, 1999
Height
208 cms
Weight
100 kgs
Hometown
Auckland, NZ
College
University of Miami
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Biography

The New Zealand big man had a standout first season in the NBL at the Cairns Taipans providing himself a standout shooter for someone his size as he now prepares to take a further step forward in NBL24.

The now 6'10 24-year-old grew up in Auckland and after being MVP for Rangitoto when they won the SAS Secondary Schools National Championship, he began his journey at the University of Miami which was a great success both in terms of basketball and academically.

The best of his four seasons with the Hurricanes was as a sixth year redshirt senior when he delivered 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds a game while shooting the three ball at 41.8 per cent and going at 52.8 overall from the field.

While at Miami, he also earned his bachelor's degree majoring in geography with a minor in sociology, before adding a master's in sports administration and undertaking a second master's in liberal studies.

On the back of that, he started his professional career in the NBL with Cairns and was tremendous winning the Next Gen Award, replacing the Rookie of the Year, on the back of averaging 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds while proving himself a terrific shooter for someone at his size and position.

2023-2024
Game Logs

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Date Opp Mins FG% FT% Reb Ast Blk Stl To Pf Pts

Season vs Career

Date Gp Mins FG% FT% Reb Ast Blk Stl To Pf Pts
2023-2024
25 26.1 43 79 5.2 1.8 0.7 0.4 1.6 2.2 9.7
Career
55 26.4 48 73 5.5 1.4 0.8 0.6 1.7 0.0 10.6

Full Career

Year Team GP Mins FG% FT% Reb Ast Blk Stl To Pf Pts
2023-2024
25 26.1 43 79 5.2 1.8 0.7 0.4 1.6 2.2 9.7
2022-2023
30 26.8 53 70 5.6 1.1 0.8 0.8 1.7 2.1 11.3

Latest News

Player Signing

Taipans retain Sam Waardenburg

10 April 2024

The Gazeys

Taipans takeover NBL Awards

7 February 2023

FEATURE

From Master's to Main Man - Super Snake Sam's Full-Circle NBL Journey

5 November 2022

Roster News

Taipans secure Sam Waardenburg

9 June 2022

Team Members

# 2

Guard

Taran

Armstrong

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Height
196 cms
Weight
88 kgs

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Forward

Dillon

Stith

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Height
201 cms
Weight
98 kgs

# 14

Forward

Kyrin

Galloway

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Height
203 cms
Weight
98 kgs

# 13

Forward

Akoldah

Gak

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Height
210 cms
Weight
102 kgs

# 6

Guard

Kody

Stattmann

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Height
202 cms
Weight
91 kgs

# 6

Guard

Jonah

Antonio

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Height
194 cms
Weight
88 kgs

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Guard

Jackson

Makoi

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Height
196 cms
Weight
89 kgs

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Guard

Rob

Edwards

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Height
0 cms
Weight
0 kgs

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Center

Tanner

Groves

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Height
0 cms
Weight
0 kgs

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Alex

Higgins-Titsha