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Tatenda Maturure Zimbabwe basketball player

Tatenda Paul “Dummy” Maturure (born August 14, 1988) is a Zimbabwean professional basketball player who currently plays for JBC of the Harare Basketball League (HBL) in Zimbabwe.

Professional career

In 2014, Maturure was acquired by JBC, the defending champions of the Harare Basketball League (HBL). He previously played with the team’s rivals, Raiders. After four games of the season were completed, Maturure was averaging more than 25 points per game. Alongside Tapuwa Mangunyana, he was known as the team’s leader.

International career

Maturure debuted for the Zimbabwe national basketball team in the qualifying rounds of the 2008 FIBA Africa Under-18 Championship. Despite his team not making the tournament, he averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Maturure was chosen to represent Zimbabwe at the 2015 All-Africa Games, teaming up with the likes of Vitalis Chikoko. In AfroBasket 2015 qualification, he scored 32 points against Seychelles. Maturure then led Zimbabwe to a victory over South Africa, helping them qualify for their first-ever AfroBasket. He scored a game-high 29 points as his team won in overtime. In June, Zimbabwe’s preliminary squad was announced for the event, with Maturure’s name included.

Personal

Maturure has previously been involved in Hoops 4 Hope, a non-profit organization that helps children in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He joined the program when he was 11 years old and remained with it until he finished school. In 2010, he said, “They taught me some life skills and basketball skills and now I guess it’s time for me to give back to the young generation in our community.”

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