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Albury back on the basketball court

Bahamian junior national team standout Deyton Albury is back on the basketball court, having played in two Big Shots Tournaments in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, this past weekend.

Albury suited up for the Defenders 2020 in the Big Shots Myrtle Beach 1 Tournament that was held July 9-10. He then played in the Big Shots Myrtle Beach 2 Tournament the following two days. The athletic guard suited up in the 17-and-under division.

Albury averaged 12 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the first tournament, and walked away with the player of the game award in two of the games he played in. In the first game on Thursday, he scored 11 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out six assists.

He finished the tournament on Sunday with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists in his final game, and won two more player of the game awards in the second tournament to bring his total to four in four days.

“It feels good. My mindset was just to represent God, myself, my country and my family to the best of my ability and this performance got me player of the game four times. It’s a blessed position to outplay a lot of high-level players and being named player of the game three times,” Albury said.

Over the four days, Albury played in six games. His team finished with a 1-2 win/loss record in the first tournament and an 0-3 record in the second tournament.

Nevertheless, he was happy to be back on the court doing what he loves doing.

“It feels good. Being quarantined for a whole two months isn’t healthy at all for a basketball player. I was itching to get back on the court. It’s a big relief just to be out there playing the game,” Albury said.

Albury spent the last school year at Sunrise Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas. He is still undecided on where he will be next season.

Albury will play in three more tournaments over the next few weeks. That will give him between 15 to 20 games under his belt this summer. The Big Shots Tournaments get a lot of attention from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I coaches and scouts.

Last month, the Bahamian was set to help The Bahamas’ junior national team battle in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Americas Under-18 Championship. However, that was pushed back to a later date, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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