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Throughout the week, KSR will be previewing Kentucky’s opponents in the Bahamas. First up, the Bahamas National Team, who Kentucky will face Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET (SEC Network).
BAHAMAS NATIONAL TEAM
Head Coach: Mario Bowleg
Colors: Yellow and Aquamarine Blue
FIBA Zone: FIBA Americas
Michael Carey, Guard
Height, Weight: 6’4″, 200 lbs.
Averages: 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Carey played at Wagner from 2015-17, averaging 13.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game his senior season. Last year, he played for Soles de Santo Domingo of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto in the Dominican Republic.
Shaquille Cleare, Center
Height, Weight: 6’8″, 264 lbs.
Averages: 12 points, 5.8 rebounds
Cleare played for Maryland (2012-14) and Texas (2015-17). In his final season as a Longhorn, he averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 21.3 minutes. Last year, he played for Pully, a Swiss professional team.
Kadeem Coleby, Power Forward
Height, Weight: 6’9″, 251 lbs.
Averages: 8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1 assist
Coleby played for several schools, but finished his collegiate career at Wichita State (2013-14). Yes, the same Shockers team that lost to Kentucky in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. (Watch out for the revenge factor!) Last season, he played for the Akita Northern Happinets in Japan.
Dwight Coleby, Forward
Height, Weight: 6’9″, 245 lbs.
Kadeem’s younger brother Dwight played at Ole Miss, Kansas, and Western Kentucky, averaging 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Hilltoppers as a fifth-year senior. He tore his ACL in September 2015, which prevented him from reaching his full potential at Kansas, but played for the New Orleans Pelicans in the Summer League last month.
Fun fact: This won’t be Coleby’s first time playing Kentucky. While at Ole Miss, he put up eight points and four rebounds vs. the last Kentucky team to go to the Bahamas for a preseason tour.
I forgot how stressful that game was.
Last Time Out
The Bahamas National Team most recently played in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers June 28 and July 2, first losing to the Virgin Islands 84-74 then beating the Dominican Republic 83-82. Former Oklahoma star and current Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield led the squad in points, rebounds, and overall efficiency, but won’t participate in this week’s exhibition.
This pass from Michael Carey to Kadeem Coleby at the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers this summer was impressive:
— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) July 3, 2018
Shaquille Cleare is big:
Shaquille Cleare ?? with the dunk! #ThisIsMyHouse
— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) November 28, 2017
Dwight Coleby pulled off this impressive shot in the Summer League:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 13, 2018
The Bahamas National Team will probably the easiest foe Kentucky faces this week, but they do have some players with Power 5 college experience to challenge the Cats, especially on the inside. After hearing about Reid Travis all summer, I’m looking forward to seeing how he matches up with Shaquille Cleare and how our super young backcourt handles an experienced player like Michael Carey. But most of all, I’m just excited to see this Kentucky team take the floor. The first game will inevitably be sloppy, but judging by what we’ve heard out of practice, the Cats’ speed and athleticism will win out, making this the perfect start to the foreign tour.