By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
DWIGHT Coleby will return for a second stint in Turkey once pro basketball resumes in the country’s Turkish Basketball League (TBL).
Coleby will join Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli next season in the 2nd-tiered TBL. The league features 16 teams and the first place finisher is promoted to the top tier Turkish Basketball Super League. Teams ranked 2nd place to 9th place, compete in playoff format and the winner of the playoff also promotes. The last two teams are relegated to the third tier Turkish Basketball Second League.
He spent approximately a month of the previous season in Italy’s Lega Basket Serie A with perennial league contender Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari.
Coleby’s last game with the club was on March 10, when he scored 11 points in a loss to San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Coleby signed with the reigning European Cup Champions in February. He appeared in just three regular season games and five Champions League games where he averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
In his first stint in Turkey in 2018, Coleby averaged 11.5 points and a team leading 8.5 rebounds for Sigortam.net ITU in Turkey’s BSL League.
Coleby spent a portion of last season alongside his brother Kadeem Coleby with the Akita Northern Happinets in the Japanese B-League following a short stint in Belgium with Liege Basket in Belgium’s Pro Basketball League (PBL). He also spent time with Kalev/Cramo (KML) in the Estonian league.
He played collegiate basketball at Ole Miss, Kansas and finished at Western Kentucky.