The Southern Basketball Association would like to announce the signing of NBL Championship winner and Melbourne United star David Barlow for the remainder of the 2018 SEABL season.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring a player of David’s experience and versatility into our group for the rest of the season, said Head Coach Simon Giovannoni. “David is a two time Olympian, multiple NBL championship winner across different eras and a Sabres junior. He knows what it’s like to be part of a winning culture and we’re hopeful some of that will transfer to our playing group.”
Southern Basketball Association Head of Basketball Brendan Joyce was also full of praise for the signing. “I’ve had quite a bit of involvement with David through the Australian Boomers, in particular the 2006 World Championships in Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. We’ve not only got a great basketball player at the club, we’ve also got a great role model who will represent the club with distinction on and off the court.”
David was an integral part of Melbourne United’s 2018 NBL title run, hitting some big 3s throughout the NBL finals series against the Adelaide 36ers. “I’m excited to return to play for Sabres. I grew up here in this stadium, I love this place and it brings back a lot of great memories. I look forward to improving individually and collectively and trying to get as many wins as we can. I want to thank Melbourne United for allowing me the opportunity to play for my home club in the off-season. It will hold me in good stead for the NBL season to come.”
David represented the Australian Boomers at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games as well as winning NBL titles with the Sydney Kings (2003 and 2004) and the Melbourne Tigers (2008). He also played professionally in Spain and Poland before returning to Melbourne to play for United.
United CEO Vince Crivelli, was pleased Barlow had an opportunity to ply his trade at his home association after a successful NBL season.
“We’re really happy that David has opted to go back and build on the legacy of the Barlow family at his junior association in Sandringham”.
“It is part of our brand values to support grass roots basketball, and helps to illustrate that pathway from juniors through to the elite”.
“It’s also just a great opportunity for Melbourne basketball fans to stay involved with our players throughout the NBL offseason” Crivelli said.
The Barlow family has had a long involvement with the Southern Basketball Association, David’s mother Judy Barlow is a Life Member and former employee.
The Sabres next SEABL home game is on Saturday May 19th against the Geelong Supercats.