ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Cameron Bairstow had his close up Monday as the Chicago Bulls introduced him and first round pick Doug McDermott to the Chicago media.
Bairstow was asked about making the transition to the NBA. He believes his International experience will help.
“I think playing against men you realize the tricks of the trade. A lot of the guys aren’t as athletic as youth. Little things they do like how they think the game and see things one step ahead. I think that really helped me and I learned a lot from that,” Bairstow said.
It helped him in the college ranks. Bairstow had a breakout year for the University of New Mexico last season, leading the Mountain West in scoring at 20.4 points per game.
The Bulls like his physical style of play. Bairstow will join former teammate Tony Snell in Chicago. The two will also join up with another teammate during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.
Undrafted guard Kendall Williams is playing with the Bulls during Summer League. The former Lobo was surprised how things worked out.
“At first I was just like no way. At the end of the day it’s a business . They don’t care if it is three guys from the same college or what not. They were interested in me and want to see me in the summer league so it just kind of played out like that. Obviously I am excited about it,” Williams said.