Mike Karena

Mike Karena



POS: Power Forward/Centre (PF/C)
DOB: October 24, 1993
HT: 210 cm (6’9)
WT: 117kg (258 lbs)
College: Wright State University

Mike Karena

Mike Karena returns for his fourth season with the Rams.  In between Sal’s NBL seasons Mike has been playing in the LEB Silver and LEB Gold Leagues in Spain.  This year Mike has spent the off-season in New Zealand training and preparing his body for the 2019 New Zealand season.  Karena is coming off a season where he averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds.  He played his University basketball at Wright State in the US College season before returning to the Rams.  Mike grew up in Rangiora, North Canterbury and played in high school at Nelson Boys College.  Mike was part of the New Zealand Select tour who toured China last year and is part of the wider Tall Blacks Squad.


  • - New Zealand 3×3 Youth Olympic Team
  • - New Zealand Breakers Development Team (Four Nations Tournament, China)
  • - U20 New Zealand Breakers Academy
  • - Fico Finance Nelson Giants (NBL)
  • - Wright State University (USA)
  • - Wider Tall Blacks Squad
  • 2018 - NZ Select Team
  • - Forca Lleida, Spain (LEB Silver and LEB Gold Leagues)


Full name: Michael Karena
Nickname: Mike Diddy
Hometown: Nelson, New Zealand
College: Wright State University
Fun Facts:
  • Favourite Food?Homemade Enchiladas
  • Favourite Off Court Activity?Relaxing and watching movies
  • Favourite Music Genre?Any
  • Person who has influenced my basketball the most? My family
  • Signature Basketball Move? Hook shot
  • Favourite Drill? Beans
  • Least Favourite Drill? 2 min team lay up drill, you have to make 84 layups in 2 mins or you had to do the drill again until you complete it.
  • Current Favourite NBA TeamPhiladelphia 76ers
  • Current Favourite NBA Player and Why? The Greek Freak because he is a freak athlete
Mike Karena