David Barlow reveals the secret to turning back the clock ahead of Boomers return
Melbourne United forward David Barlow will return to the Australian Boomers outfit this week in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifying.
Barlow – who first debuted for the national team in 2006 has had a long career in the NBL as well as overseas venturing to Spain and Poland to ply his trade.
Now 35-years-old – Barlow brought up his 250th NBL game in United’s nail-biting two-point victory over the Sydney Kings over the weekend.
After a below average season last year for United – averaging 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game, Barlow has been one of the best for second-placed Melbourne this season.
He’s averaging 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and it’s this form which has got him a call-up to the Boomers.
Barlow credits his success to being fit on the court after struggling for two years with achilles problems and a host of niggles.
“In part it’s not only got to do with getting over some injuries that had troubled me in the past few years,” Barlow said.
“And then I guess a bit more opportunity, we had Tai Wesley last year who was playing the same position as me and was absolutely killing it.
“So a combination of a bit more opportunity and the body feeling better has contributed to that.”
Australian play Iran on November 30 and Qatar on December 3 with both games in Melbourne.
The Boomers currently sit on top of their group with only one other Qualifying window remaining for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Barlow said a lot has changed since he last represented his country.
“Many differences, but there are some similarities too,” Barlow said.
“In my current situation, just because I’ve been out of it for so long, now coming back into it I feel like I’m very excited to be here and really happy to be back.
“So I somewhat feel like one of the new guys, but I’ve got a lot of experience early on in my career, so I think I can help out in that regard too.
“So some things change, some things stay the same.”
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