DEERFIELD, ILL. – University of New Mexico men’s basketball senior Cameron Bairstow has been selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Bairstow, the No. 49 overall pick of the draft, is the 33rd Lobo to be selected in the NBA Draft and the fifth New Mexico draftee since 2005.
"He's a guy that we're real excited to get," General Manager Gar Forman told the Chicago Tribune. "He fits our culture. He's a strong, physical player who has a good skill level. He can shoot the midrange shot. He has experience and has a lot of international competition."
The 2013-14 Mountain West scoring champion was a First Team All-MW selection as a senior after averaging 20.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The power forward was a Second Team All-American selection by Sports Illustrated while also receiving All-America honors from the Associated Press, NBC Sports and CBS Sports.
The Australian was a model of consistency as a senior as he scored ten or more points in all but one of his 34 starts, which included 20-point outings in 22 of his appearances. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Reese’s MW Championship as New Mexico became the first school in conference history to win three-straight conference tournaments.
Bairstow will join a former Lobo teammate in Chicago in Tony Snell. Snell was the Bulls’ first round draft pick in 2013. With Bairstow and Snell, New Mexico has now had a player selected in back-to-back NBA Drafts for the first time since the mid 1980’s.