NBL: NZ Breakers star Barry Brown Jr to team up with NBA-bound phenom Victor Wembenyama in French league

  • 16/05/2023
Barry Brown Jr and Victor Wembenyama.
Barry Brown Jr and Victor Wembenyama. Photo credit: Getty Images

NZ Breakers import Barry Brown Jr is heading to France to join Metropolitans 92 for their post-season playoffs push.

Brown Jr will take the court alongside NBA-bound phenom Victor Wembenyama, who is the consensus pick to be selected first in next month's draft.

The American's one-year deal with the Breakers expired at the end of last season, after he'd powered the Auckland-based side back to the Australian NBL finals.

Brown Jr was one of the key factors in the Breakers' resurgence, providing instant offence off the bench.

He led the team in scoring with a per-game average of 19.43 points, earning the award for the NBL's Sixth Man of the Year. The Breakers lost the finals series to Sydney Kings 3-2.

Wembenyama's stellar play has lifted his Paris-based side to second in the French league behind Monaco. Their final regular season game takes place on Wednesday (NZ time) before they head into the playoffs.

Former Breakers Next Star Hugo Besson also plays for Metros.

Brown Jr has indicated he wants to stay with the Breakers, as have fellow imports Jarrell Brantley and Dererk Pardon, who are also off contract.

Brantley signed a 10-day contract with Utah Jazz in March for the final stretch of the NBA regular season.

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