Tall order for import Iti

Ipswich Force new recruit Martin Iti and U12's player Cooper Norgrove, 10.
Ipswich Force new recruit Martin Iti and U12's player Cooper Norgrove, 10. David Nielsen
Ipswich Force basketball new recruit Martin Iti. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Ipswich Force basketball new recruit Martin Iti. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

NEW recruit Martin Iti could be just what the Ipswich Force have been looking for.

Needing a player among the tallest in the Queensland Basketball League, the Force search is over.

The seven foot (213cm) tall Iti played for the NBL's Sydney Kings last year.

However, after not receiving the court time he was hoping for, he moved on, deciding to sign with Force.

With family nearby in Logan, and one of his good friends in Rory Sutton already signed on to play for the new-look Force, it was an easy decision for Iti.

The centre will be a key part of the Force this year and will be the team's tallest player for a number of seasons.

He moved to his mother's homeland of New Zealand to play before signing with the Kings.

"I played a bit for the Kings but not as much as I had hoped," he said.

"One of my mates from Sydney (Sutton) is on the team, so that was part for me coming here.

"That's one of the main reasons why I joined the team."

Iti played high school and college basketball in the United States before returning to his hometown of Sydney for the 2011-12 season.

He played initially for University of North Caroline at Charlotte for two years before leaving to attend New Mexico State University.

After graduating, he went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft and moved to Holland to play for Rotterdam.

"I've played all over, played in America, I went to high school and college in the States," he said.

"I was there for five years playing college ball, it was a good experience."

The Force will be looking for Iti to be a mainstay around the net this season.

"Really aggressive around the basket. I just dunk the ball around the basket, block shots. Everything around the basket."

Force coach Andrew Summerville said height had been an issue for Force teams in recent years.

"There's not many guys in the QBL who are seven feet tall," he said. "He'll be a real weapon for us around the net."

While he wasn't a regular, Iti played 14 games in the NBL for the Kings.

While the centre has only been in Ipswich for a matter of days, he is already looking on putting down roots.

He is on the lookout for a job with the intention of staying in Ipswich.

Iti has a degree in social work and is looking for work that will see him helping local indigenous youth.

Player Profile: New Ipswich Force basketball player Martin Iti

  • Position: Centre.
  • College: University of North Caroline at Charlotte, New Mexico State University.
  • Hobbies off the court: "I like to go fishing, being outdoors pretty much. I like to be outdoors."
  • Favourite music: "Broad variety, mainly hip hop and RnB, I went to Europe so I don't mind techno."
  • Favourite player: Shaquille O'Neal.
Ipswich Force new recruit Martin Iti. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Ipswich Force new recruit Martin Iti. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Topics:  ipswich force (basketball) queensland basketball league sydney kings

Man injured in machinery rollover

Paramedics called to accident at roadwork site

10 ways to manage exam stress

Boonah State High School students from left, Tahlia Wilson, Tess Wimmer, Natalie Milligan and Luke Pressler cram in some last minute study leading into their final exams.

Four students who are going through end of year exams offer practical advice

Sophie Collombet: How many walked past the dying student?

Thousands gathered outside Town Hall for a candlelight vigil and march to the park near the South Bank precinct where Ms Collombet's body was found in April 2014

Tragically, they thought she was homeless.

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Dennis Knight and the Black Cats play Club Services Ipswich Saturday night

Check out some live entertainment this weekend

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Reacher sequel falls flat

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

THE film's title Never Go Back should serve as a warning to fans.

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?