NEW Zealand basketballer Everard Bartlett will play for the Ballarat Miners in 2015.
The 28-year-old is coming off a standout season with NZNBL club Hawke’s Bay Hawks, where he led the team in scoring, three-point shooting and free-throw percentage.
Bartlett helped take the Hawks to the NZNBL grand final in 2014 and 2007 and is well remembered for his win in the slam dunk competition during the 2005-06 NBL All-Star weekend.
He has represented the New Zealand national team since 2011, including last year at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, where he faced Team USA in a game led by NBA superstars Steph Curry, Derrick Rose and James Harden.
In the match-up against the eventual champions, Bartlett scored nine points.
“Everard is a quality player with great experience and skill,” Miners head coach Eric Hayes said. “He has played in the NBL and internationally, so he will bring a lot of knowledge to our team, which will be great for our young players to learn from.
“Everard is also a quality person and hard working so he will be a great fit for our team and the wider Ballarat community.”
The Miners start their South East Australian Basketball League season at home against rivals Bendigo on April 10.