Everard Bartlett Signs short term contract with the Buccs
Posted on: Monday, 28 February 2011 at 1:57:42 PM
SUN City Plumbing Buccaneers
have netted Perth Wildcats training
squad player Everard Bartlett as a
stand-in until American Michael
The 26-year-old New Zealander
signed a temporary contract to cover
Lay, who will miss at least round
one due to a relegation fight with
German club Konstanz.
Bartlett has been a sparring partner
for the Wildcats guards throughout
the 2010/11 campaign.
He impressed Wildcats coach Rob
Beveridge on his relocation to Perth
from his home nation last year. This
was after he helped the Hawke’s
Bay Hawks reach the semi-finals of
the 2010 New Zealand Basketball
Bartlett teamed up with Buccs
captain Matt Wundenberg in the
Western Tigers side at the Malaysian
capital of Kuala Lumpur last
The two became good friends,
prompting Buccs coach Ray Evans
to inquire about adding the Kiwi to
his 2011 list.
But the Buccs were knocked back
because each SBL team is only
allowed two non-Australian nationals.
With American Todd Brown on
deck, Lay is the Buccs’ second
import. But his hold up in Europe
opened the door for Bartlett’s shortterm
His arrival is a needed boost, as
star centre Ben Pepper will also
miss the round one road trip on
March 19 and 20, due to a holiday.
Pepper, a former NBL teammate
of Bartlett’s for the New Zealand
Breakers, rated him an exciting
“He was always really strong, had
great flair and could shoot the ball
really well. I’m rapt he has decided
to join us,” he said.
The Buccs open their campaign
against Mandurah and Cockburn.
Bartlett said he didn’t need to
think twice when Evans came
“I jumped at the opportunity. I
wanted to be a part of the team,” he
Barlett’s Malaysian stint alongside
Wundenberg was his last competitive
hit-out on the hardwood.
The six foot five inch (195cm)
player said training with the
Wildcats had “increased the fire to
get back on court”.
“You can only do so much training.
You’ve got to put it into play,”
he said. “There might be some
cobwebs or there might not. All I
can do is keep training hard and