What is your full name and where are you from?
Everard Bartlett from Flaxmere.
Why did you choose the wonderful game of basketball?
MJ, My dad use to order all the MJ & NBA highlight tapes. Would run home from school to watch them and then go outside and practice their moves.
What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights?
I Went to Church College NZ, Then finished over in Wasatch Academy Mt Pleasant, Utah. Won a NZ national Title with CCNZ, Ranked number 1 school in the State of Utah for 3 weeks and then named in the Allstar team over there.
Outside of playing in the NBL, What other involvement do you have with basketball?
I run an a couple of outfits:
Academy called Horizons Basketball Academy. Focusing on using basketball to teach life skills and help build confidence in youth to get through challengers & adversity. Its a safe space where they learn at their own speed with out being judged by others.
EB Sports Development – Under this umbrella I travel around New Zealand running specialized clinics eg, Shooting clinics. I work closely with a small group of kids they leave these clinics with video analysis on their shooting form, a run sheet of Shooting Drills we do at a pro level with a record of their stats doing those same drills, and then an over all evaluation.
You are a role model for young men and women, What advice do you have for them getting into basketball?
If you truly love this game and want to learn, Then I shouldn’t need to ask you to work harder. I shouldn’t need to ask you to turn up on time. I shouldn’t need to ask you to listen.
If you want to make it in this cut throat environment, there are certain guidelines lines you follow without question.
What has been the ultimate highlight so far in your career?
Leading the Tall Blacks in the Haka. Tremendous honor to lead the boys into battle, there is only a handful that can say they’ve done this.
Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?
Family. They are the ones that sacrificed for me to travel and play etc. Without them those opportunities to further my career wouldn’t have happened.
Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?
Jody Cameron. Still giving to the game and helping these girls with her experience. Their is a different level of respect when athletes know that they have someone that’s been through exactly what you’re going through. Players don’t always make the best team coaches but ex players do connect on a different level.
Who is the ultimate men’s basketball player in New Zealand?
For me its Paora Winitana. 1st he’s from where I’m from Hastings. But its so much more, I’ve known him for quiet sometime now. His back story of how he grew up and where he started from will blow you away. He may not have the best basketball career New Zealand’s seen, But I challenge anybody that thinks they can match his status of a role model. He had a successful career whilst rasing a family of 9, Staying true to his faith and all the obedience that comes with it, being an example for Maori athletes and Maori people in general. All while having a starting point lower then most on his pursuit of becoming a basketball player.
Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned?
Vince Carter Nike Shocks. Can’t remember what they were called. It was the ones that had the 4 shocks on the heal.
Congratulations on an amazing season with the Franklin Bulls. What were the highlights for you?
Seeing the team get better. We had one of the youngest teams as far as experience. So a lot of effort was put in by coach to teach them how to be professional athletes, how to approach games everytime. This showed in the fact that Franklin Bulls had 4 players picked for the Tall Blacks extended squad.
If you have one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?
Eat healthy, Recover properly and stretch!