Nick Barrow, embarking on his 10th season in the Sal’s NBL, is the latest addition to the Auckland Huskies roster.
The former Junior Tall Black first played in the League for the Auckland Pirates in 2011 winning an NBL Championship with the Pirates the following year.
Teammate at the time, and now Huskies Coaching Director, Dillon Boucher is not surprised that the power forward is approaching a decade of playing in the NBL.
“Nick is the consummate professional. He is always in good shape, he looks after himself, he knows his own game inside out and is a good teammate. Nick is a great addition to the Huskies roster.”
Nick admits being one of the senior players on the team has crept up on him.
“It’s a different feeling, I always used to be the young guy on the side so it’s a different role. I’m looking forward to taking some leadership responsibility on and off the court which is a different challenge but something I enjoy and I think that role in the team will be fun.”
Since those early days with the Pirates the St Kentigern College alumnus has played for the Waikato Pistons, Super City Rangers and Franklin Bulls making 131 NBL appearances and his vast experience will be a valuable asset to the young Huskies squad.
“It’s exciting to be joining a new team, with Aaron as the new coach, and having Matt Lacey as the GM who I have played with a lot. I’m looking forward to a new challenge with a new group, and playing with a few of the boys I haven’t played with for a while.”
Huskies Head Coach Aaron Young is big admirer of Nick’s abilities.
“It’s really exciting to have Nick on board. He is a guy we targeted in free agency period to lock in because of that experience he has. He is someone you want to build a team around as he does all the little things so well.
“He leads vocally and he leads with his effort, he is just someone who is so consistent – when he steps on court you know exactly what you are going to get.
“He’s already had a huge impact on our group and I look forward to him continuing to help us improve in all areas on and off the court.
Nick is delighted that the Huskies club has been established in the heart of New Zealand’s largest metropolitan area.
“It’s really good that local guys are getting the opportunity to play for both Auckland based teams. I think there is a good rivalry between us and the Franklin Bulls and the two teams provide a great pathway to the talented young players that we have in the region.”
Nick admits balancing his playing and Police Constable duties can be tricky but having understanding on both sides enables him to enjoy the benefits of full-time work and high level sport.
“Trying to balance shift work with playing is a challenge but Aaron and Matt have been great working around that. The police are also really good with that which means I don’t have to take too much leave.
“I do really love that balance of not just being a basketball player, it gives you a different perspective going to work and helps balance out the mental side of my game also, Nick added.”
Nick joins Tom Vodanovich and American guard Armoni Brooks on the Huskies team with more player signings to be announced in the coming days.
The Huskies begin their 2021 NBL campaign with a trip down the southern motorway on Sunday April 25th to take on the Franklin Bulls.
The Huskies first home game will be on Friday April 30th against Manawatu Jets at Eventfinda Stadium. You can purchase your Auckland Huskies season membership here.