Written for NBL.com.au by Peter Hooley (link)
It’s been a tough period for everyone involved in the NBL recently. From players, to staff and the fans, it’s been a rough few weeks that nobody wanted, yet all probably knew it was inevitable.
The NBL introduced new Rules for COVID-19 Replacement players who can be signed on a game-by-game basis should teams have players ruled out due to COVID protocols.
Lachlan Barker sprung onto the basketball scene last year and put his name right into that hat of those who deserve an NBL chance. Barker was part of a stacked Frankston Blues squad in NBL1 South where he averaged over 21.5 points at a very efficient clip shooting 46.9% from beyond the arc.
Always full of confidence on the court, Barker is the type of player who would look to thrive with the opportunity like he did when he was called upon to suit up for the South East Melbourne Phoenix in the preseason Blitz.
There’s no doubt that if he continues to improve at the rate he is, that an NBL team will be giving him a chance sooner rather than later.
— NBL1 (@NBL1) July 6, 2021