Coleby makes Belgium move


Tribune Sports Reporter


National basketball team standout Dwight Coleby will begin his pro basketball career in Belgium.

Coleby recently signed with Liege Basket of the Pro Basketball League (PBL), 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.

Coleby had to cut his time with the national basketball team short last month when he was named to 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 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

He posted a double double in the final game of his collegiate career, but the postseason run for his Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ended in the National Invitational Tournament semi-finals in a 69-64 loss to the Utah Utes. He finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

WKU finished the season 27-11 and they achieved the programme’s most wins in a decade.

The Hilltoppers were the third programme for Coleby over the course of his collegiate career.

Out of the Piney Woods High School Mississippi, Coleby signed with the Ole Miss Rebels.

In his freshman season with the Rebels, Coleby played in 28 games with four starts and averaged 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 10.4 minutes. He shot 47 percent from the floor and finished with 18 blocked shots, fifth on the team.

As a sophomore, he scored in double figures in six games and earned three starts in 34 games. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on 53 percent shooting.

The following offseason Coleby planned to spend the 2015-16 season on the sidelines as a transfer to the Kansas Jayhawks, but he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a light team workout in October.

When he finally made his debut with the Jayhawks following a grueling rehab process, he averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in his lone season in Lawrence.

Coleby has been a member of various Bahamian national teams at both the junior and senior levels.


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