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

Lay arrives.

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

prepare myself.”
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