The Chicago Bulls signed little known University of New Mexico forward Cameron Bairstow last week and this morning he was given more good news being named in the final 12 man squad for the Australian national team.
For those that are unfamiliar with Bairstow – and there would be many – Bairstow is from Brisbane, Australia and has spent the past four seasons with the New Mexico Lobos where he has improved year after year.
He has been a member of the Australian national team before and his connection with Australian assistant coach Luc Longley is one that will please many long-time Bulls fans and is also one that will likely help Cameron transitioning into the Chicago Bulls team.
Bairstow had this to say regarding his relationship with Longley when interviewed by Bulls TV’s Chuck Swirsky recently.
“I’ve been in contact with him (Longley) throughout this process, he’s the assistant coach of the national team so I played with him last summer and throughout the whole process he’s been really helpful with advice and he was really excited that I got the opportunity to be drafted by Chicago, ”
Bairstow played for four seasons with New Mexico, three alongside fellow Chicago Bull Tony Snell and its expected that Snell, who had a phenomenal Summer League campaign, will be another that should help Bairstow with his transition to the NBA and within the Bulls organisation.
Bairstow was named to the ‘Boomers’ final 12 man squad this morning. The squad will compete in the upcoming FIBA world championships. It is a team that contains an exciting mix of players including the recent fifth pick in the NBA draft, Dante Exum, San Antonio Spurs forward Aron Baynes and the Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. Expect to see him gain a decent amount of court time for the team.
It’s this time spent with the Australian national team that Bairstow credits his rise to the NBA with.
“I think playing with the international team really helped me last summer, any time you get to play basketball you get better at playing against high-level competition and playing against men really helped ”
You can see Bairstow in action for the Australian Boomers who kick off their campaign against Slovenia on August 31st, 2014.