Buccs’ big sign­ing

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Matthew Wood­ley

The Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers have an­nounced their im­ports for the up­com­ing 2016 SBL sea­son, con­tin­u­ing what has been a strong off­sea­son since their dis­ap­point­ing early play­off exit.

Carter Cook has signed on for his fourth sea­son with the club, but the big news sur­rounds young Fair­field Univer­sity prod­uct Mau­rice Bar­row.

The 6’5” 23-year-old grew up play­ing ball in Queens, New York, and af­ter four years in col­lege, com­pleted his first sea­son of pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball with WBC Wels in Aus­tria.

“Grow­ing up in New York was fun, there’s al­ways some­thing to do (and) you have friends every­where,” he said.

“I went to a big comp high school — it was good I learnt a lot. I know the game of bas­ket­ball, I don’t just play it.”

Ger­ald­ton Buccs gen­eral man­ager An­drew Horstman said Bar­row was a big sign­ing and was look­ing for­ward to see­ing what he brought to the team.

“Mo can play any po­si­tion be­tween two, three and four — so it just really com­ple­ments what we’re want­ing to achieve on the court this year,” he said.

“He’s go­ing to be pretty hard to match up on, so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for us and also a great op­por­tu­nity for him.”

Horstman said they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from around 100 agents dur­ing their search, but said af­ter do­ing their due dili­gence, Bar­row ticked all the boxes.

But while he’s signed on, Bar­row him­self still doesn’t know much about Ger­ald­ton and only re­cently found out he was swap­ping the bustling me­trop­o­lis of New York for the quiet streets of the Mid West.

“My agent just told me about it

one day,” he said. “I think I can han­dle it, at the end of the day it’s bas­ket­ball — you can get ac­cus­tomed to any­thing.

“I had to ad­just to it last year too, be­cause Wels wasn’t much of a big city ei­ther.”

The 23-year-old will ar­rive in Ger­ald­ton around late Jan­uary or early Fe­bru­ary, and even though he doesn’t know what to ex­pect from the town, his expectations for the sea­son are clear.

“To win as many games as pos­si­ble and pos­si­bly get a cham­pi­onship,” he said. “It doesn’t mat­ter to me, as long as I can help the team win it’s pretty much it.”

With the two re­stricted im­ports spots filled, the Buccs are now turn­ing their at­ten­tion to se­cur­ing the rest of the squad for the up­com­ing sea­son.

Mar­quee scorer Benny Lewis is at the top of that list, how­ever, he is yet to put pen to pa­per.

Pic­ture: Mau­rice Bar­row

Mau­rice Bar­row play­ing in the Aus­trian Bas­ket­ball League.

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