He was born on September 20th 1964 in Indianapolis. He played high school basketball in Cathedral in Indiana and he accepted a scholarship from the famous local University of Notre Dame. In 1986 he received the Student Athlete of the Year award and in 2019 he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame. Ken Barlow was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 23rd pick of the 1986 NBA Draft but was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. He refused the guaranteed contract and preferred to play in Europe, signing for Tracer Milano and winning the Euroleague title in 1987 and the Italian league and Cup. A few months later he agreed to terms with Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he stayed for three years and won three Israeli championships and two domestic Cups. In 1990 he signed for PAOK Thessaloniki and we won the European Cup in 1991 and the Greek league in 1992. One year later he returned to Italy, playing for Reggio Calabria, Benetton Treviso, Olimpia Pistoia, Montecatini, Dinamo Sassari and Livorno, where he retired from professional basketball in 2002. He is now a minister at a local church in Indianapolis and a book author.