For the fans of Gran Canaria, that 2016 will always be remembered. It was a year in which they reached the final of the King’s Basketball Cup and were on the verge of winning the title which put the final touch on one of the best stages of Claretian history. With Aíto García Reneses then as coaches and with such famous names in the history of Gran Canaria as the current president, Sitapha Savané or Albert Oliver.
In that 2016 squad there was also a player who was linked with the yellow fans for his dedication and hard work. We are talking about Brad Newley, the Australian, who had a short first step in the ACB League in Valencia, but who is remembered for his four seasons in Gran Canaria, where he left his mark. We tell you what happened to Brad Newley and we will review his achievements on the island of Gran Canaria.
a veteran in the NBL
Just 38 years old in February, Brad Newley is still playing professional basketball in Australia. The player will be a member of Melbourne’s NBL 1 South Francoston Blues squad, having played for Melbourne United from 2021 until December. Brad Newley maintains his status as a veteran of the competition since returning to the Sydney Kings in June 2016.
In fact, Brad Newley did not use up the last year of his contract in Gran Canaria to return to Sydney. He was in the Australian team in 2016, making a brief escape to Greece to play for AEK Athens. Already in the 2017-18 season, the Sydney Kings returned to stay for several seasons until the transfer to Melbourne United.
Brad Newley at Imperial Sydney Kings. Photo: NBL
Brad Newley explained in an interview for Christmas 2021 for the Sydney Morning Herald that he thinks after the decision not to renew the Sydney Kings, his career will end. But away from her he accepted an offer from Melbourne United, which still meant being away from his family, while his wife and children had school and school in Sydney, so he took it. In doing so, Newley was vital in the league’s recent NBL title run with the right touch of experience and help as a veteran role player.
Currently, Newley brings his experience and attitude to his team’s efforts, with a veteran role in which he averaged 14 minutes for an average of 4.57 points, during his time with Melbourne United. In total, throughout his career in the NBL, Brad Newley contributed 12’4 points, for 4’11 rebounds and played an average of 25 minutes, and reached 300 games played in the league.
Brad Newley is also recognized in the country for his part with the national team, with which he played two Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, and who played in London in 2012, three world championships (2006, 2010 and 2014). two Commonwealth Games with two gold medals collected (2006 and 2018).
The player was already showing ways when he was part of the under-19 World Cup in which Australia won gold, with a vital in the final against Lithuania in which he scored 16 points. In 2005 he made his debut with the senior team, and one of his most famous championships was in the 2008 Olympics, when he had averages of 12.7 points per game, and a shooting efficiency of 57% and 45%, in the shot from outside.
a member of the Granca de Oro
If Brad Newley is remembered for something as one of the players who left the best image in Gran Canaria, due to his dedication and effort, with great talent in a state that Jim Moran did not have a partner who left such a good one. senses The Australians arrived on the island after the season of Valencia Basket, whose dedication would be appropriate from the fans.
Brad Newley won the affection of the blonde fans. Photo: CB Gran Canaria
In the four seasons in which Brad Newley wore the Gran Canaria jersey, he had numbers of 10’35 points, 3’4 rebounds for a PIR of 9’36, but what he contributed on the field was much more than what the figures reflect. . they change Teammates provided the work with talent, the perfect quality of the completion of the team to experience one of the best steps.
The event that remained etched in the minds of the supporters of Gran Canaria was when Newley had recently become a father to his daughter Beth Rosa and even the player went to the game with his teammates, although he had hardly slept and was a father. only. four hours ago The dedication and dedication that many have made his memory and he is one of those that come to mind after the names of Savané, Oliveri or Kevin Pangos.