Japanese B-League basketball: Coleby brothers unite

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Dwight Coleby has been reunited with his older brother Kadeem Coleby.

By RENALDO DORSETT

Tribune Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

SEVERAL Bahamian players have been involved in recent transactions on various international pro basketball circuits.

Dwight Coleby has been reunited with his older brother Kadeem Coleby with the Akita Northern Happinets in the Japanese B-League.

In their latest outing, Kadeem finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Dwight finished with six points and 10 rebounds in a 72-58 loss to Kawasaki BT. The Happinets are currently ranked fifth in the league at 11-20. They conclude the regular season against the Toyota Alvarak on January 16.

Kadeem is in his second season with the Happinets after they were promoted from the B2 League last year.

Dwight joined the Happinets following his stint in Belgium with Liege Basket in Belgium’s Pro Basketball League (PBL). In eight games with the club, he averaged 15 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

The PBL is the highest level of basketball in the country. Liege Basket is a one-time winner of the Belgium Cup and a two-time champion of the Belgium Supercup. Prior to his first professional season, Dwight was a member of the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League and minicamp roster of the New Orleans Pelicans. He also participated in a pre-NBA Draft workout with the Utah Jazz.

Coleby averaged 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in his lone season as a graduate transfer for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

In his 2017 season, Kadeem posted averages of 11.9 points, 6.9 rebounds per game on 58 per cent shooting from the field and 1.6 blocks per game.

In the previous season during the Bahrain Premier League, he was a member of Al Muharraq and was an integral part of the team’s run to the Cup final and league runners-up after a loss in championship series to Al Manama.

After the season, he signed with Al Manama for the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship Tournament.

The former Wichita State Shocker was a key member in Al Manama’s title run – their fourth consecutive and 20th overall. He finished with 23 points in the season finale.

In 2015, the 6’9”, 250-pound forward played with Al Fateh Al Hasa of the Saudi Arabian Premier League.

Fellow Bahamian national team member Mark St Fort is also a member of Samaheej of the Bahrain Premier League. He spent last season in Thailand for the Thai General Equipment in league where in six games he averaged nine points and four rebounds.

St Fort last represented the Bahamas at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla (Colombia) where he averaged 11.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 asists per game.

Throughout his career, the veteran forward has played in France (Tremblay), PBL (Rochester R), NABL (Florida S) and Colombia (Caciques). He attended Warner University until 2013 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.