For the month of August, anyway, the Bahamas are about to become the host of a mini-March Madness. Multiple media outlets are reporting that six teams who participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament are headed to the Bahamas this summer, to play in a series of exhibition games.
The "hoops-cations" are allowed once every four years for each participating school, under NCAA rules. Kentucky, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Stanford are among the postseason teams which are also playing in the island country.
The Bahamas Weekly is calling this season the "Summer of Thunder," and for good reason — 14 NCAA Division 1 teams will rock the courts of the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnaisum in Nassau, Bahamas.
They will compete in daily games from August 2 to August 25.
The other participating teams are Mississippi, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Alabama State, Portland State, Whittman College and Louisiana Tech.
Plenty of people will be spending their time vacationing in the Bahamas this summer. While they may have expected to get some sun, they may not have known they were about to be treated to some real quality basketball as well.
Watching the transfer landscape
Former Colorado State guard Jon Octeus is transferring to UCLA, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, who tweeted the news Friday.
He will be immediately available after finishing his undergraduate courses this summer, after averaging 13.4 points and 4.7 assists per game.
The 6ft 4in 170-pound guard will make for an interesting additions to the Bruins, who are always contenders but lost three starters to Thursday's NBA Draft. He will be one of a few players trying to replace the production of underclassmen Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine.
Forward Joe Thomas, a 6ft 7in, 235-pounder who played at Niagara last year, will transfer to the Miami Hurricanes basketball squad for the 2014/15 season, according to the Associated Press. While he didn't do much on the offense end, he did lead his team in blocks and could provide a bolstered defensive presence.
Open tryouts to the pros?
A Canadian professional basketball team will be holding open tryouts at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. this Sunday, WNDU.com reports.
The Brampton A's, led by its head coach and manager David Magley, is hosting the tryout with the hope of advancing nearby local talent to a professional environment.
Magley told WNDU that five American players made the team in last year's open tryout, which was held in South Bend, Ind., the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Tryouts are being held from 1 to 7 p.m. and might be worth an impromptu flight out there if you always wondered what would happen if people finally understand how talented you were, despite having never played meaningful ball.
If it works out, I'm sure they'll make a Disney movie of your story.
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