The Bahamas A Hoops Paradise
There must be something special in those beautiful waters in the Bahamas right ? Could be some folks are wondering this very question as we all watch in awe as the magnificent Buddy Hield has taken his Oklahoma Sooners to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Buddy hails from Eight Mile Rock in the Bahamas . Young kids in Eight Mile Rock as well as throughout the Bahamas love the game of basketball. Thanks to Buddy Hield, America is finding out just how much those kids in the islands love this game. You can look at quite a few NCAA rosters today and you will find kids on many teams that call the Bahamas home.
There have been some with bahamian roots who have reached the pinnacle of NBA success most notably Mychal Thompson and Rick Fox who both won Championships with the Bahamas adopted NBA team the LA Lakers. Do not be surprised if 9 of 10 bahamians tell you they hope the Lakers draft the island nations next NBA star Buddy Hield.
I think think it is a safe bet to assume we will see more NCAA coaches taking a journey to the islands in search of the next Buddy. Make no mistake about it Buddy Hield is indeed very special, you do not find players like him every day. It does not hurt at all to have a praying mother like Jackie Swann as your guiding force, good parenting has enormous importance in whether you overcome the odds or not. Clearly she has impacted his success tremendously.
Bottom line , those kids over there have some serious raw talent. I was just there at the National High School Basketball Tournament in Freeport earlier this month and witnessed it first hand . It felt like a mini March Madness. Basketball is serious business in the Bahamas.
The fans are fanatical and the high school games are a must see event for everyone on the island. I spoke with a few coaches, media members and scouts who were there taking in all the action. To a man they all agreed, the day is coming when we will see even more scouts in those stands. For years now Major League Baseball has invested time and money in the Dominican Republic where baseball is king. In the Bahamas basketball reigns supreme. Is there another Buddy Hield lurking somewhere ? If there is, please believe some NCAA scout is already combing the island in search of the next big thing.