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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).

Note: Although pictured, Buddy Hield (#7) will NOT play in this exhibition game


Head Coach: Mario Bowleg
Colors: Yellow and Aquamarine Blue
FIBA Zone: FIBA Americas

Top Players

Michael Carey, Guard

Age: 24
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

Age: 25
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

Age: 28
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

Age: 24
Height, Weight: 6’9″, 245 lbs.
Averages: N/A

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:

Shaquille Cleare is big:

Dwight Coleby pulled off this impressive shot in the Summer League:

Final Thoughts

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.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for State Farm Agent Tiffany Thacker wants to know about the Bahamas National Team

  1. Rise
    6:36 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    I thought DeAndre Ayton played for the Bahamas team?

    • Luether
      9:16 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

      My sources say that Ayton represented the Bahamas in the 2016 Centrobasket, the regional basketball championship of FIBA Americas for the Central American and Caribbean subzone where he averaged a tournament-leading 11.1 rebounds per game…

  2. runningunnin.454
    6:45 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    THeir coach is Bowlegged? All right then.

  3. Rowinguy1
    7:35 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    In that last clip, is that Derek Willis with the assist?

  4. CoachCat
    10:00 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    You’re in good hands with Allstate

  5. bwise
    12:16 am August 7, 2018 Permalink


  6. bwise
    12:16 am August 7, 2018 Permalink

    She gained zero business

  7. ibescootch
    3:09 am August 7, 2018 Permalink

    I wonder if I can get more business for free from the comment section. Matt Pascucci with Liberty Mutual- I can also drop dimes and throw no-look passes in an insurance related manner, so give me a call, BBN!

  8. KYJelly
    7:58 am August 7, 2018 Permalink

    All these black players and two black coaches, and for diversity they get the whitest guy they can find as their other assistant coach.

    • Go Deep
      12:52 pm August 7, 2018 Permalink

      What’s your point?

  9. MikesWay
    8:34 am August 7, 2018 Permalink

    Be interesting to see what the likes of Kadeem Coleby can do with the 10 year age gap (experience) between him and the freshman.

  10. FrankySSSuper
    9:23 am August 7, 2018 Permalink

    Dwight Coleby was super fun to watch at Western. Can’t wait to see him play again.

  11. Burrrr
    11:36 am August 7, 2018 Permalink