New Zealand native Tai Wynyard joins Kentucky Wildcats

Although he did not appear in Kentucky's game against Ohio State, a fresh face could be spotted on the Wildcats' bench.

Originally a member of the Class of 2016, New Zealand power forward Tai Wynyard joined the UK basketball program at midterm and will likely be another frontcourt option for John Calipari moving forward this season.

On Tuesday, UK released updated bio information on Wynyard:

Tai Wynyard

Position: Forward

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-10

Weight: 255

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand


High School: 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.


Personal: Son of Jason and Karmyn Wynyard … Born on 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 ax 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.

Previous Wildcats to Wear No. 14 (courtesy of Jon Scott's site:

# 14
Player Last
Ht. Pos. Hometown (High School)
Tai Wynyard 6-10 F Auckland, NZ (Rangitoto College)
Joseph Hagan 1937-38 6-2 F Louisville, KY (Male & St. Xavier)
Donald Orme 1939-40 - F Indianapolis, IN
Bill Barlow 1942-43 - F North Vernon, IN
Walter Johnson 1943-44 6-0 G Mount Sterling, KY
Joe Holland 1947-48 6-4 F Benton, KY
Garland Townes 1949-50 6-0 G Hazard, KY
Phil Johnson 1958-59 6-5 F/C Lexington, KY (University High)
Scotty Baesler 1962-63 6-0 G Lexington, KY (Bryan Station)
Bill Busey 1969-70 5-10 G Bagdad, KY (Shelby County)
Ronnie Lyons 1973-74 5-10 G Maysville, KY (Mason County)
Paul Andrews 1986-87 6-2 G London, KY (Laurel County)
Jeff Brassow 1993-94 6-5 G Houston, TX (Alief-Elsik)
Heshimu Evans 1998-99 6-6 F Bronx, NY (Evander Childs)
Erik Daniels 2003-04 6-8 F Cincinnati, OH (Princeton)
Mark Halsell 2008-09 5-11 G St. Charles, MO (High)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2011-12 6-7 F Somerdale, NJ (St. Patrick)

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