Bulls found a steal in Bairstow

Posted at: 06/30/2014 9:39 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

Former Lobo Cameron Bairstow was introduced to the Chicago media on Monday.  Bairstow was a second round draft pick by the Bulls.  Four years ago, no one could have predicted Bairstow would lead the Lobos in scoring and develop into one of the top power forwards in the country.  That's why I think the Bulls found a steal in the draft.

Bairstow just wants to get better.  Period.  He put in the time on the court, he logged major minutes in the weightroom and it paid off.

In his first NBA press conference, Bairstow said his experience playing for Australia on the international level helped in his development over the past two years.  "I feel like going into a new structure after playing four years in one structure is a challenge," said Bairstow.  "So I think to be able to see things from a different way and different aspect of the international level can only help me moving forward," he added.

Bulls brass spoke highly of Bairstow on Monday.  "He's a guy that's going to bring a physicality in the low post," said Bulls general manager Gar Forman.  "He's got a skill level, he's a good passer.  He can shoot the 15 footer.  And again, he's a guy that's going to fit the culture that's been created here."

Bairstow will be reuinited with former Lobo teammate Tony Snell who just finished his rookie season with the Bulls.  The Chicago media asked Bairstow if Snell was as quiet and shy in college as he was his first year in the pros.

"He was actually far more quiet," joked Bairstow.  "He's actually opened up a lot. Coming in as a freshman, he would be in the back seat and sometimes you'd get scared because he would say something and you forgot he was there."

Bairstow will wear #41 with the Bulls, the same number he wore at the University of New Mexico.