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Brad Newley
Position Shooting Guard
Small Forward
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League Turkish League
ULEB Cup
Team Beşiktaş
Born February 18, 1985 (1985-02-18) (age 24)
Lower Mitcham, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Draft 2nd round, 54th overall, 2007
Houston Rockets
Pro career 2004–present
Former teams Townsville Crocodiles (2004-07)
Panionios (2007-08)
Panellinios (2008-09)
Awards Australian League All-Star Game MVP (2005)
Australian League Rookie of the Year (2005)
Australian League Best Sixth Man (2005)
Australian Boomers Team Member

Brad Newley (born February 18, 1985, in Lower Mitcham, South Australia) is an Australian professional basketball player. He is a 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) tall small forward that can also play at the shooting guard position. Notably, a member of the junior Australian national team, that won the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece, where he scored 16 points against Lithuania in the final.[1] He was also selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft, 54th overall, by the Houston Rockets.

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Career

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Australia

Brad Newley played professionally with the Townsville Crocodiles of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) in the 2004-05 NBL Season. His efforts, in this breakout season, earned him the NBL Rookie of the Year award as well as the NBL Best Sixth Man award. In addition, he was named in the NBL's domestic All-Star team. Playing in this exhibition NBL Australian League All-Star Game he was selected as MVP. His style of game is extremely skilled, he is an excellent jump shooter and defender and has a trademark two handed dunk.

After another impressive season in the NBL, Brad choose to enter the 2006 NBA Draft. However; prior to the actual draft he withdrew his availability, and instead used this experience as a motivational tool to improve.

In the NBL 2006-07 season Newley alongside Larry Abney led the Crocs to the NBL playoffs. However, title hopes were extinguished in the finals by an impressive Sydney Kings outfit. After the disappointment of this finals exit, in a season capped by a career high 46 point performance against the Cairns Taipans[2], Newley announced that he had signed with the Adelaide 36ers. Yet he also noted that his main focus was still being drafted into the NBA.

After numerous tryouts with various teams, Brad Newley was drafted by the Houston Rockets with draft pick number 54. Although he was not guaranteed a contract, Brad participated in the 2007 Vegas Summer League with the Rockets. Recognizing that he needed to improve certain areas of his game, Newley opted to play in the higher level of the Greek League with Panionios Athens, rather than return to the NBL and play with the 36ers.

Europe

On the fourth match day of the Greek League 2007-08 season, Newley scored 32 points on 12-of-12 shooting for Panionios in a win against A.E.K. By making 8-of-8 three-pointers, a new record was set in the Greek A1 League competition.[3] The previous mark was of 7-of-7. He was also named the MVP of that week.[4]

He was selected to the "Rest of the World" team for the 2007-08 Greek League All-Star Game.[5] In the summer of 2008, Newley left Panionios and signed with the Greek club Panellinios.[6] In 2009, he moved to the Turkish League club Beşiktaş.[7]

Australian national team

Newley made his senior debut with the Australian national basketball team during the 2006 Commonwealth Games. This was a successful tournament, with the Boomers winning gold. Additionally he was selected in the Boomers squad for the 2006 FIBA World Championship. In this tournament, despite limited game-time, he averaged 8 points per game and 3 rebounds per game. Newley was also selected to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Basketball Tournament. He averaged 12.7 points per game, shooting at 57% from the field and 45% from 3 point range during the Olympics.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steven Marković
NBL Rookie of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Mark Worthington

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