From Queens, N.Y. to Fairfield, Conn., Austria gets ready for Maurice Barrow ‘14. Barrow, one of Fairfield’s own basketball products, has packed his bags and started his career overseas. The dominating forward becomes the fifth player in the last three years to sign a professional contract overseas, joining Ryan Olander ‘12 who plays in Lithuania, Rakim Sanders ‘12 in Italy, Derek Needham ‘13 in Ukraine and Colin Nickerson ‘13 in Canada.
Barrow, who had four productive seasons at Fairfield, entered the 2014 NBA Draft after a solid senior season with the Stags. After going undrafted, he made the decision to sign overseas and play for WBC Raiffeisen Wels.
Coming from the powerhouse Christ the King High School, Barrow had a great résumé. He left Christ the King with several awards, including CHSAA (Catholic High School Athletic Association) Class AA Championship Game MVP and was named Second Team All-CHSAA in his final season with the Royals of Christ the King. In 2010, Barrow was one of the select few that participated in the Jordan Brand Classic game. The Jordan Brand Classic featured the top players from the New York City metropolitan area in a “City vs. Suburbs” game.
In his first season at Fairfield, Barrow came off the bench for six games until he earned his way into the starting rotation. Throughout his time at Fairfield, he gradually improved his game in every aspect. As a freshman at Fairfield, he averaged 6.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Barrow won two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week awards after having two great games against Rider and Canisius, where he had a double-double in both games, recording at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. He finished his first season second among his teammates in total rebounds with 189. The Stags finished the year with a record of 15-3 and won the MAAC regular season crown.
In his sophomore year, he became one of the team’s top rebounders. He shot 51 percent from the field that season, the top percentage among his teammates. The Stags had a productive season as they finished with a MAAC record of 12-6, but it wasn’t enough to capture the MAAC. The Fairfield Stags started to struggle, as did Barrow as his point production and rebounds decreased. By the time his senior year came, he was averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds per game. The Stags struggled tremendously as they finished with a record of 4-16 in MAAC play. To end his Stag career, Barrow was named All-MAAC Sixth Man of the Year.
This upcoming season, Barrow will be playing with the WBC Raiffeisen Wels in Wels, Austria, one of 11 teams in the Austrian Basketball League. Barrow joins a team that looks to improve and move in the right direction as they add the talented forward. WBC Raiffeisen Wels has been a productive team over the past few seasons, though they haven’t been successful in the postseason. However, Barrow joins a team that has depth at every position, and Wels looks to have a great season with the variety of talent on this team.