Barry signs to play in Finland


After not latching on to an NBA team, former Florida forward Canyon Barry will continue his pro basketball career overseas.

Barry announced on his Instagram account that he’s signed to play for the Vilpas Vikings in based in Salo, Finland.  The team is one of 11 in the top-level pro league in Finland (called the Korisliiga) and is part of the FIBA Europe Confederation.

As a grad transfer from College of Charleston, Barry helped the lead the Gators to their fifth Elite Eight appearance in the last seven seasons, earning SEC sixth man of the year honors and finishing second on the Gators in scoring at 11.4 points. Barry shot 88.3 percent from the free-throw line shooting underhanded like his father, Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

Barry was on the New York Knicks summer league roster but opted to sign overseas rather than try to earn an invite with an NBA team in training camp.

In Finland, Barry will face former Gator forward Alex Murphy, who signed with Joenssuun Kataja of the Finnish Korisliiga pro league over the summer. Murphy transferred from Florida to Northeastern, where he averaged 14 ppg  and 5.8 rpg.