Former NBL players Angus Brandt and Cameron Bairstow have signed contracts in Europe for the upcoming season.
Brandt, a dual NBL champion with the Perth Wildcats, has inked a deal with Italian club Pistoia, while Bairstow is off to Lithuania, signing with Lietuvos Rytas. Both contracts are one-year deals.
Brandt averaged 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats this past season.
“I am very excited about the idea of landing in Italy, immersing myself in Italian culture and above all wearing the Pistoia Basket shirt,” Brandt said, via Pistoia Sport.
“The team idea that the coach explained to me is very interesting and I look forward to starting this adventure, hoping to be able to get as high as possible. My goal is to make myself available to the team, trying to do what I do best and working hard to improve.
“I have already tasted Lithuanian European basketball. I like it a lot and I think it is the most congenial to my characteristics.”
Bairstow has had injury issues since returning to the NBL but had a positive campaign for Brisbane last season, amassing 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
“Bairstow is a really capable basketball player who likes to be physical in the paint, but at the same time, he is dangerous away from the basket, even from the three-point line,” Rytas head coach Dainius Adomaitis said, via EuroCup.
“He will give our team additional options on offense. He is an experienced player who defended his country at the Olympics, but still has things to prove on a basketball court. I am sure he will come to Vilnius ready to work hard and help us win.”