A rugged big man from New Mexico, Bairstow averaged over 20 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior after not putting up big numbers in his first three seasons. He has the rare combination of strong post play and a good jump shot, making him an intriguing prospect. But he took so long to develop that he was mostly off the radar as an NBA prospect until this season, when he exploded.
Chicago may not keep Bairstow or ask him to go overseas, since they need to preserve all the cap space it can to lure Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love to Chicago. However, if he stays, he could help provide some depth to a Bulls frontcourt that is currently very thin behind Joakim Noah.