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DeAndre Ayton Commits to Play for Team Bahamas in Olympic Qualifier

by | Posted on: August 2nd, 2023 | No Comments |

The road to Olympic qualification has never been more challenging for the Bahamas men’s basketball team. Despite their stacked roster, the team faces a long and hard journey to secure a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Their hopes rest on the shoulders of one NBA star who stands tall both on and off the court – DeAndre Ayton.

With the World Cup just around the corner, the Bahamas finds itself in a tight spot. Having failed to qualify for the prestigious event starting at the end of August, their only chance now lies in winning an upcoming qualifying tournament in Santiago de Estero, Argentina. This critical tournament features a mix of strong teams, including traditional powerhouse Argentina, as well as Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Uruguay, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To make their Olympic dream a reality, the Bahamas must navigate through this challenging tournament successfully. Their roster includes top NBA talents such as Eric Gordon (Phoenix Suns), Buddy Hield (Indiana Pacers), and Kai Jones (Charlotte Hornets), adding significant strength and experience to the team’s lineup. Having four NBA players on board increases their chances of success, but it won’t be an easy path.

For DeAndre Ayton, the journey holds a special significance. The Phoenix Suns center is committed to playing for his native Bahamas in the upcoming Olympic qualifying action. Representing his country on the global stage is a matter of great pride for Ayton, who looks forward to joining forces with his fellow Bahamian teammates.

In his statement to Andscape, Ayton expressed excitement about returning to play for Team Bahamas and witnessing the growth of the basketball program in the country. Playing alongside his compatriots with the Bahamas’ emblem on his chest adds an extra layer of honor and camaraderie to the experience.

Making history is nothing new for the Bahamas, which has never competed in the Olympics in men’s basketball. However, this time around, the team is projected to be the strongest ever fielded by the country. Guided by the expertise of Golden State Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco, the team also includes promising U.S. college standouts.