PBA Update: Kenneth Tuffin enters the PBA draft following a professional career in New Zealand while Report claims that Tom Vodanovich is returning as a Converge import

Aug 8, 2023

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Following his career in New Zealand, Kenneth Tuffin has entered the upcoming PBA Draft. The former Far Eastern University player acknowledged that he has already submitted an application for the September rookie draft and that he will return to the nation the following month to conduct workouts.

Tuffin wrote in an online message that the player had already filed his application to the PBA office and that he would be returning to the Philippines in late August to arrange for the combine and the draft.

The Wellington Saints have been Tuffin’s ballclub since 2021. For the past three years, the 26-year-old has played in New Zealand’s professional division.

The 6-foot-5 Tuffin, a Rosario, La Union native who was raised by a Filipina mother, was enlisted by FEU in 2016. He played until 2019, at which point he made the decision to turn professional in New Zealand and play with the Taranaki Mountaineers.

With Wellington, Tuffin had his greatest season in 2021, averaging 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and shooting 49 percent from three-point range.

With the Saints, he played alongside former La Salle guard Taane Samuel and impending Converge import Tom Vodanovich.

Meanwhile, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in October, Tom Vodanovich will serve as the import for the Converge FiberXers once more.

His basketball team, the New Zealand Breakers, has reportedly released Vodanovich in order to join the FiberXers for the 2017 PBA season.

Vodanovich will rejoin Converge, according to the article, “after a sensational one-off game for FiberXers has seen him offered a lucrative opportunity with the team.”

As of the time of posting, the FiberXers have not confirmed the report.

Vodanovich replaced Jamaal Franklin in the 2023 PBA Governors’ Cup and then played one game with the FiberXers.

Despite the Commissioner’s Cup height requirement being 6-foot-9, still two inches taller than the former Tall Blacks player’s reported height, the FiberXers have re-signed Vodanovich.

Vodanovich had 39 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists in the team’s lone game against San Miguel in the quarterfinals last March.

Converge coach Aldin Ayo said Vodanovich was a strong match for the team’s scheme despite the fact that he only participated in one game, and he did not rule out the prospect of inviting him back for another stay with the FiberXers.

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