Buccs’ big signing
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.
Maurice Barrow playing in the Austrian Basketball League.