New Kentucky basketball player Tai Wynyard is the axe-loving son of a lumberjack
Tai Wynyard joined the Kentucky basketball team as a mid-year enrollee last week.
It’s still unclear if he’ll play at all this season, but the Wildcats released his official bio and list of personal interests on Tuesday.
A 4-star power forward from New Zealand, Wynyard is not without a few quirks. Here are some highlights:
Off the court
- His father is a world-champion lumberjack who owns more than 150 individual world titles.
- He’s also a lumberjack and considers his axe his most prized possession.
- His mother played college basketball at the Division II level.
- His greatest fear is the dark.
- He chose No. 14 because No. 17, his high school number, isn’t available in college.
On the court
- Became the youngest player ever to make the New Zealand National Team when he was named to the team at 16 years old.
- Named the most valuable player of the FIBA 3-on-3 World Championships after leading New Zealand to a gold medal.
- Tabbed the MVP of his high school nationals in New Zealand after leading his team to the high school national championship.
- Member of the World Team that defeated USA Basketball in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.
“Who knows what I’ll do with him,” coach John Calipari said last Thursday. “It’s good to have him here. I’m excited for him. Don’t know where he is conditioning, don’t know anything right now. Other than he’s pretty big.”