14 Tai Wynyard

Hometown (Last School)
Auckland, NZL (Rangitoto College)
Current Team
Kentucky Wildcats


Freshman: Midyear enrollee who joined the Wildcats on Dec. 17 … Became eligible for the Ohio State game on Dec. 18 … Did not play in any games in 2015-16 and ended up redshirting … Played for the New Zealand National Team in the 3-on-3 World Championships for a second straight year.


Mid-year enrollee who joined the Wildcats on Dec. 17 after graduating from Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand … 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 … Played in the 2014 International Jordan Brand Classic.


Son of Jason and Karmyn Wynyard … Born Feb. 5, 1998 … Has a brother, Tautoko, and a sister, Moananui … 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 … He says his father has been the greatest influence in his life.

Posted by Walter Cornett

Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.