Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare has signed up former Cairns coach Aaron Fearne as extra support for the upcoming Commonwealth Games campaign.
With the team based in Fearne's home town of Cairns for their pool games, Henare says the former Taipans coach, who grew up in New Plymouth, will provide valuable intel to the team by way of scouting.
He will also run his eye over the overall campaign and assist the coaching team of Henare and assistant coaches Pero Cameron and Mike Fitchett in any area required.
"I have always had an enormous amount of respect for Aaron, for his ability to get the best out of players, but also a programme with limited resources, as has typically been the case throughout his career in Cairns," Henare said.
"Our programme at the Games is a very condensed one, with games coming and going quickly, and time is of the essence. We identified that to be successful we needed extra resource at the Games.
"His local knowledge will also be invaluable as we look to get the best out of our time in Cairns."
The Tall Blacks leave for the Gold Coast on Friday, looking to add to the silver medal they won in 2006 on the only other occasion basketball has been included on the Games schedule.