Hometown: Brisbane, QLD
Current Club: Brisbane Bullets
International Debut: 2009
The Queensland native was quickly identified as a strong inside presence, leading his state to the Under 20 National Championship while training at the AIS in 2009 and 2010.
An opportunity came along to show his wares in the USA, taking up a scholarship at the University of New Mexico – the same school three-time NBA Champion and current Australian Boomers Assistant Coach Luc Longley attended some 20 years earlier.
It was in 2013 that Bairstow made the leap from rotation player to starting five lynch pin for the Lobos, helping them win the Mountain West Conference championship and tournament title.
This form saw “Bear” called into his first senior Boomers squad for the Sino-Australia Challenge against China in June. The 22-year-old excelled during his Boomers debut, going on to carry that form into the Stankovic Cup and World University Games.
Bairstow led the Emerging Boomers to an undefeated Stankovic Cup run before guiding the team to the silver medal at the World University Games in Russia. A spot on the Boomers team for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships followed, leading into his senior year at New Mexico.
Following a successful senior year with New Mexico, Bairstow became the 14th Australian to play for the NBA; drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2014, playing 18 games in his rookie season. After a strong 2015 NBA Summer League and a successful FIBA Oceania Championship with the Boomers, Bairstow will now feature in his first Olympics before joining the Brisbane Bullets in the NBL.
Struggling with injuries since his return the NBL, Bairstow was impressive in the 27 games he managed for the Bullets. Despite his injury troubles, the Bullets kept the faith as they re-signed Bairstow to a two year deal in May 2018.
2009-2010 – AIS
2010-2013 – University of New Mexico (NCAA)
2014-2016 - Chicago Bulls (NBA)
2016-Current - Brisbane Bullets (NBL)
Olympic Games: 2016
FIBA World Cup: 2014
World University Games: 2013 (Silver)
FIBA Oceania Championships: 2013, 2015
Mountain West Conference Champion: 2012, 2013
MWC Tournament Champion: 2012, 2013
MWC All-Tournament Team: 2013