W Sports & Media client Mitch Newton has signed a development contract with the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL.

Newton is a product of Southland and first appeared with the Southland Sharks, ironically under the then coaching of current Breakers Head Coach Paul Henare, before he decided to try his luck in Australia where he has been playing in the SEABL with Albury.

He told the New Zealand Herald: “I’m from a small town called Gore, I did all of my schooling there before I then moved to Invercargill after I finished school for two years. I started playing when I was about 14 or 15, I didn’t make a lot of teams. It wasn’t until I was 17 and was a development player for the Sharks I started taking it seriously.

“This means everything really. I remember writing it down for one of my goals back in school, and people laughed at me when I said it. What I want to get out of the season is just to learn as much as I can and work as hard as I can to get better.”

W Sports & Media caught up with Mitch for a quick Q&A in the lead up to this exciting announcement:

Q. You hail from New Zealand but have been forging your path in professional basketball in Australia. How does it feel to return home to start your NBL career?

Mitch: Will feel good to be back in New Zealand, being closer to my family, I’m not too familiar with Auckland so will be a new experience for me.

What are you most looking forward to about the NBL?

Mitch: Just getting better really, opportunity to work hard and improve everyday.

Q. When did you start playing basketball?

Mitch: I started playing basketball when I was about 15.

Q. Who is your basketball idol?

Mitch: My favourite player is Lebron James, but someone who I looked up to growing up was probably Kevin Braswell. He taught me a lot when he was down in Southland.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Mitch: Just work hard.

Parts of this article are from the New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11909481

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