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Former Eagle finds success in Germany

Friday, January 18, 2013

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Barry Stewart was named Class 3A Mr. Basketball his senior year at Shelbyville Central.
(T-G File Photo by Gary Johnson)
From Shelbyville to Trier, Germany with a four-year stint at Mississippi Sate in between.

That's the path of former Golden Eagle standout Barry Stewart's basketball career.

Stewart, curently a member of the TBB Trier professional team in Germany, was recently chosen as an all-star in the Basketball Bundesligh (English: Federal Basketball League), also known as BBL, the highest level of professional basketball in Germany.

The league's regular season runs from October until April.

Stewart will play for the international all-star team on Saturday.

"I'm thankful that I was selected to play in the all-star game. I have a lot of great teammates and without them I would not have this opportunity" Stewart said.

"The starting five are selected by the fans then the other seven players are chosen by the coaches and I'm honored that the coaches selected me to be a part of the all-star game."

This is his third year in the league after signing to play after an outstanding career at Mississippi State.

There are 18 teams in the league and he is one of five Americans on TBB Trier.

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Stewart had an outstanding college career at Mississippi State.
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He is the team's leading scorer at the all-star break, averaging 12.5 points per game.

Stewart recently returned home for a short visit during the break before returning back to Germany on Thursday.

He spent time visiting with family and friends and worked out a little at Shelbyville Recreation Center. He got to see the Shelbyville Central/Lawrence County basketball games last Friday night.

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Stewart currently plays professional basketball in Germany and was recently named to the league's all-star team.
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That was the first time he's watched Shelbyville play since he graduated from high school.

Stewart, who was Class 3A Mr. Basketball in 2006, made his way to Starkville after an impressive career as a Golden Eagle. He totaled 1,768 points, 681 rebounds, 259 assists and 194 steals over four years as a shooting guard.

After an outstanding career at Shelbyville Central, he matched that effort in college by averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in his career at Mississippi State.

Stewart was the all-time leader in 3-pointers made and seventh overall in scoring when he graduated from State.

He was also named to the All-SEC Tournament team his junior and senior years.

To say that he's enjoyed playing professional basketball in Germany is a huge understatement.

"I'm blessed to still have the opportunity to still be playing basketball and I really enjoy playing in Germany," Stewart said.

"We only play one game a week, and that's usually on Saturday or Sunday, so we practice a lot during the week then I spend a of time watching television and skyping with my family back home. Trier is a small community but they really support their basketball team."

Stewart has always been known as a person with great charterer as well as an outstanding basketball player.

He continues to be a positive role model for youngsters here locally as well as in Germany.


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