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ALTHOUGH he’s still competing at a high level in France, professional basketball player Jaraun “Kino” Burrows is doing his part to assist as many young players to realise their dreams of playing in Europe. Through his Raw Talent Group, which he formed in the summer of 2018, Burrows has been able to assist a number of players, including Dominick ‘Nado’ Bridgewater, Kenny Isnord, Adam Johnson and Briontae Riley to achieve their dreams.
Regarded as one of the top young female basketball players in the country, Valicia Demeritte is holding court as a small forward for the Coker University Cobras in Hartsville, South Carolina. The 20-year-old former player for the Kingsway Academy Saints left the Bahamas in grade nine in 2015 to enroll at the Potters House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, where she played for the Lion’s basketball, volleyball and track teams, earning the most improved player award and was a four-time SIAA State champion.
SHE has been out of action for the past year, recuperating from surgery to repair her rotator cuff. But now Serena Brown has settled in at the University of Iowa where she expects to make an impact in the Big 10 Conference for the Hawkeyes, making the switch from the Texas A&M Aggies and the Southeastern Conference.
EVEN as a late bloomer in the sport, Grand Bahamian Donald Thomas has surged on top of the Bahamian chart as a high jumper, having won every medal possible except for the Olympic Games.