Basketball: Teen basketball prodigy Troy Plumtree breaks family mould

Troy Plumtree might still be at secondary school, but the teenager is already making his mark on the NBL this season with Wellington Saints.

He's just returned from Steven Adams' camp in the US and Plumtree, 17, hopes to one day play for the Tall Blacks, when most - considering his pedigree - would've expected it to be the All Blacks.

Dad John is a former Hurricanes coach and All Blacks assistant, while brother Taine recently made his international debut for Wales.

Troy Plumtree in action for Wellington Saints.
Troy Plumtree in action for Wellington Saints. Photo credit: Photosport

Troy has become the black sheep of the family. At 1.98m (6ft 6in), surely he would've made a good lock?

"I realise that now," he laughed.

Instead, he dreams of wearing a black singlet and he's on the right trajectory. Last year, he led Wellington College to their first-ever national secondary schools title.

The step up to the NBL is another challenge though.

"Anytime he's not on point, he gets his ass handed to him, but you know, this is good for him," said Saints coach Nico Colonel. "Good for the humility and good for the habits."

Part of Plumtree's development also involved meeting up with Kiwi NBA star Adams last month, after being selected to compete at his camp in America.

"Having Steven there was cool," he said. "Having an NBA player watch and stay with us, getting to chat."

There may be another Plumtree on the international stage before long, this time with a round ball.