ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Four years ago, it was difficult for the New Mexico coaching staff to really envision how Cameron Bairstow would evolve as a player.
Before this season, Bairstow had never scored 20 points in a game. Now the senior forward is averaging that much for No. 25 New Mexico, reaching 20 or more 16 times. He's dazzled opposing coaches and players with an array of moves that simply were not in his repertoire before and is considered one of the leading candidates for Mountain West player of the year.
Bairstow credits his experience in his native Australia last offseason with giving him a boost heading into this season. Bairstow starred for Australia in the World University Games in Russia then turned in a very solid performance with the national team in a three-game series against New Zealand.