Suzie Bates, Jeff Wilson, Donna Wilkins and most recently Roger Tuivasa-Sheck have all worn two black jerseys, but could Parris Mason be New Zealand’s next two-time international?
Already an age class representative in three sports, the promising 19-year-old Central Pulse netballer has just been called up for the Tall Ferns basketball tour of Australia after helping the Tokomanawa Queens win this year’s Tauihi title .
“It was definitely a surprise,” Mason told 1News.
“It’s always a privilege to represent your country, so I’m super excited for that. It’s pretty cool to be part of this campaign.
“I was absent [from basketball] for so long and it was hard to come back, but once I trained as much as I needed, it all came back to me.
“To be able to have this opportunity to play for the Tall Ferns is pretty cool.”
Cooler still, Tall Ferns assistant coach Mel Downer thinks her experience in netball and touch rugby could give the team a unique advantage.
“Basketball and netball are always looking at what they can steal from each other and in terms of what Parris does really well from his netball background is the ability to see and use space and pass in space,” Downer said.
“It’s something netball does a great job of and Parris in particular does a really great job of.”
His new job in the Tall Ferns does not hinder his Silver Ferns ambitions, however, but with the support of Central Pulse, Mason intends to continue growing in both sports.
“I would really like to have a good Pulse season, so after the Ferns campaign I’m going to be very focused on netball for a while,” she said.
“But [I’ll have] basketball in mind, knowing that it is an opportunity to go to other events for basketball.”