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Jamaican Kentan Facey Has Grown Up Quickly

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Each day, Kentan Facey slips on a ring before he heads to class at UConn. It’s not elaborate, like a championship ring, but the one his father was going to use on his wedding day.

“He was supposed to get married that December, and he passed away in April [of 2015],” Facey said. “So I take his wedding ring out and wear it every day.”

Kenneth Facey died suddenly from heart disease just after his son finished his sophomore season at UConn. The family had never been able to work things out so that Kenneth could travel from Jamaica to the U.S. to watch his son play in Huskies’ blue and white, nor did he know much about the sport his son was playing. But he knew Kentan was doing well in school, and finding his way on a journey that is coming to an end, as his senior season is about to begin.

“He...

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Heat cut roster, Vashil sent to D-League

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Vashil Fernandez became the newest member of the Miami Heat

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After an impressive four-year career at Valparaiso University, Vashil Fernandez became the newest member of the Miami Heat on October 17.

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After blocking 119 shots over the course of his senior season, Fernandez joined the likes of Anthony Davis, Hassan Whiteside and Emeka Okafor on the list of single-season block leaders to patrol the paint of the NCAA.

With a bachelors degree and two masters degrees in tow, Fernandez declared for the 2016 NBA Draft. Along the way, the Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors registered interest, but the Miami Heat soon emerged as the most serious suitor and eventually signed the Jamaican-born big man to a non-guaranteed contract.

Despite the fact that the Heat already have 15 players under contract for the 2016-17 season, sources familiar with the orga...

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FIBA Americas to visit 23 countries including Jamaica

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FIBA Americas to visit 23 countries including Jamaica as they implement New Competition System in 2017

SAN JUAN (Americas) – The regional office of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas has announced it is set to visit 23 countries to meet with top officials on the road to strengthening relations towards implementation of FIBA’s New Competition System coming into effect in 2017.

The visits are planned to take place in three phases. The first phase of countries to visit are Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Cuba on April-June.

The second phase will consist of visits to Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Virgin Islands and Trinidad & Tobago...

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