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Bahamian Deyton Albury heads to Believe Prep

Bahamian junior basketball standout Deyton Albury will make a jump to the preparatory system after he made the decision to continue his basketball career at Believe Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for the upcoming basketball season.

While at Believe, Albury will be coached by Kevin Jackson. The Bahamian said that is one of the reasons why he chose Believe.

“It’s a healthy and good program. There is a good coaching staff. While on the phone with the coach, I was confident to know that he got me. Coach Jackson is a very experienced coach at all levels. He has connections all over and I’m confident that he is going to get me to where I want to get to,” Albury said. “I’m looking to win, represent my country and parents to the best of my ability and to impress college coaches and come away with some good offers.”

Last year, Albury played at Sunrise Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas, where he averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three steals per game. He said it was a good season and he learned a lot.

Over the summer, while sports was shut down in The Bahamas, the springy player was in the Carolinas playing in various Big Shots tournaments on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit. He played for the Defenders 2020 team where he played alongside his former Temple Christian Schools teammate Garreth Edgecombe and for Coach Jammal Smith. Both Edgecombe and Smith are Bahamians as well.

“Playing with my old teammate was truly exciting. Our chemistry never left and being able to be coached by Coach Smith brought back a lot of old times and memories,” Albury said.

Indeed, playing over the summer was a learning experience for him as he looks to be a complete player.

“Summer basketball was good,” Albury said. “I learned a lot just from watching other good point guards who I played against. My defense and rebounding most definitely improved. I also learned that the jump shot is so important to a point guard’s game. I understood the way the game has changed for all positions and I also got to experience the recruitment process.”

So far, Albury has received offers from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II schools and is still looking for that NCAA Division I offer.

Last season, Albury tried his hands at football at Sunrise Academy. He was able to help his team win the state championship back. This season he said he will only be focused on basketball.

Albury is expected to play about 40-50 games this season while at Believe. Practice for him gets underway today.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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