July 25, 2014
By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com
OXFORD, Miss. -- Dwight Coleby is the youngest player and the only college player on the Bahamas National Team. Still, the sophomore from Nassau looks to build off the strong finish to his freshman season, as he competes with his national team this summer.
Coleby appeared in all five games, averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per game, as the Bahamas won the gold medal of the Caribbean Basketball Championship earlier this month. The Bahamas will now compete in in the Centrobasket Championship August 1-7 in Nayarit, Mexico.
"It feels great and it's an honor to represent my country," Coleby said. "Winning that championship felt incredible. The Bahamas hadn't won it in 20 years, which made every player on the team hungry for a championship. We said that we were going to do it and we did."
Coleby also had the opportunity to play alongside his older brother, Kadeem, who recently completed his collegiate career at Wichita State and learn from his more experienced teammates and head coach Larry Eustachy, who's also the head coach at Colorado State.
"My teammates are positive guys who push me to be a better player," Coleby said. "If I miss up, they will encourage me for the next play and try to get me involved. Coach Eustachy is a good coach that understands what every player can do best and puts them in the right position to be successful."
As a freshman at Ole Miss, Coleby played in 28 games with four starts, all in Southeastern Conference play. He averaged 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. He increased his scoring to 5.8 points per game over the final four contests, including a career-high 10 points in the season finale against Georgia in the SEC Tournament.
The biggest challenge, Coleby said, was staying healthy, including an leg injury early in the season.
"This summer is a lot different," Coleby said. "I feel like I am getting better as time goes on and I already have a clear understanding of what Coach Kennedy wants me to do to be successful. Last summer, I didn't have a clue what the season would be like but now I know.
"For my sophomore season, I am working harder and I'm more focused than I have ever been. And I'm looking forward to contributing in a major way this upcoming season."
Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller.