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41 - Cameron Bairstow

6-10, 252 Power Forward
New Mexico Senior
Birthday
12/07/90 (29.5 yrs)
Hometown
Brisbane, Australia
High School
Australian Institute of Sport
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
6
Size
9
Defense
7
Strength
8
Quickness
7
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
8
Potential
6
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
6

NBA Comparison: Darius Songaila

Strengths: Bairstow is a brute with the ability to knock down the mid range jumper … Hustles extremely hard and will bang down low … Will give up his body for the good of the team … Puts a lot of pressure on his man to be physical; gets to the free throw line (8.8 FTA in 2013-14 was good for 4th nationally in this category) … Crashes the boards, has a great motor … Really works for post position, and good at sealing his man … Does the majority of his work offensively in the lane and on the block, but can also knock down elbow and baseline jumpers … Was one of the nation’s most improved players between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons; even showed the ability to do some shot blocking his senior season, although this may not ultimately translate as a part of his pro game … Has good measurables for the power forward position (has almost identical measurements and athleticism numbers to draft-class mate Julius Randle) … High percentage shooter (74% FT Shooter, 56% FG senior season with Lobos) …

Weaknesses: Born in 1990, he will turn 24 later this season, decreasing his upside substantially … Below the rim athlete and below average athlete by NBA standards … In college was able to overpower opponents; may be a different story in the pros … Relatively inexperienced, having arguably only played a significant role for the Lobos his senior season … Still developing in terms of his feel for the game … Not particularly effective on the fast break … Prone to "tunnel vision" offensively, where once he commits to a move, he loses awareness of teammates and help defense …

Notes: Native of Australia, and attended the hallowed Australian Institute of Sport that has produced a number of NBA players … Bairstow is very much a late bloomer … Had a minor role for the Lobos his freshman and sophomore seasons, and did not really break out until the 2013-14 season as a legitimate pro prospect … Was part of a formidable college front line at New Mexico along with teammate Alex Kirk, who surprised many by entering the 2014 NBA draft as an early entrant … Measured 6’9.75" in shoes 7’0.75" wingspan at the 2014 Draft Combine …

Drew Wolin

 

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