The 2007 NBL rookie of the year, Newley was drafted by the NBA’s Houston Rockets that same year and has since plied his trade in Europe where he made an immediate impact as a Greek League All-Star, and in last year’s Turkish League playoffs, averaging an impressive 22.8ppg across five games.
His speed going to the basket, combined with his three-point range and remarkable vertical leap, make him an all-round athlete crucial to the Boomers success.
Newley was Australia’s second leading scorer in Beijing with 12.5ppg on 57% shooting from the field.
He recently signed with Euroleague club Lietuvos Rytas.
Newley was an important part of Australia’s gold medal winning 2003 FIBA U19 World Championship team, but really excelled at the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship, leading the team in scoring with 17.6ppg at 48%, including 22 points against the miserly Greek defence in the opening game.