Boomer David Barlow Euroleague bound

Boomer David Barlow Euroleague bound

Australian Boomers star David Barlow has made the move to Poland, signing with Euroleague bound Stelmet Zielona Gora for the upcoming season.

Currently in camp with the Boomers ahead of the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships, Barlow said he was excited to join the reigning Polish league champions and make the step-up to Euroleague competition.

“I’ve been over in Europe for four years now and very excited to now get the opportunity to play in the Euroleague,” Barlow said.

“The opportunity to play Euroleague was a big factor in me wanting to move and also the economy in Spain is somewhat questionable.”

The two-time Olympian emerged as a star of the NBL during successful stints at the Sydney Kings and Melbourne Tigers before making the jump to Europe, joining Spanish club CAI Zaragoza in 2009.

After two seasons Barlow was again on the move, joining UCAM Murica in the Spanish ACB competition.

The immediate focus for the Melbourne-native is the series against New Zealand, with the 29-year-old enjoying being back in camp and the challenges new Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis is putting before the team.

“Whenever we get the chance to come together as a team it’s always a great time,” Barlow said.

“Andrej’s been brilliant. He’s implemented his style quickly and I think as a group we’ve picked up pretty well what he’s trying to get done.”

The 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships will see the Australian Boomers take on the New Zealand Tall Blacks in a two-game series, with Game One on Wednesday 14 August in Auckland.

Game Two will take place on Sunday 18 August at the AIS Arena in Canberra, with the Boomers and Jayco Australian Opals in action.

Tickets are available through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849.

For all the latest from the Australian Boomers and Jayco Australian Opals in the lead-up to the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships visit the BA website at www.basketball.net.au.