New Club, New Country As Kentwan Heads To Denmark

Monday, August 20, 2018

#Bahamian pro basketball player Kentwan Smith is on the move again as he signed with a new club in a new country to continue his career.

#Smith agreed to terms with FOG Naestved of Denmark’s BasketLigaen the top level of basketball in the country.

#The 6ft 8in 26-year-old forward spent last season with a pair of teams in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

#Most recently he was a member of the country’s CAC team that finished sixth at the event in Barranquilla, Colombia last month.

#In the finale, a 90-76 loss to Mexico, Smith led the Bahamas with 21 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the field, 5-for-8 from the three-point line and 2-for-4 from the free throw line. He also had 11 rebounds and three assists.

#He began last season with BK Levicki Patrioti of the Slovak Extraliga (SBL). In 20 games he recorded 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He also played six games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he got 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Smith’s team made it to the Alpe Adria Final Four.

#He followed with a brief stint in the NBL league in Czech Republic with JBC MMCITE Brno. Through nine NBL games, he averaged 9.6 points, six rebounds, 1.2 assists and one steal per game.

#Smith spent the previous season with Finnish club, BC Nokia of the Korisliiga – the top level of basketball in Finland.

#He appeared in just 22 games into the season and left the team in January. In Finland he posted averages of eight points, 4.4 rebounds and one assist per game.

#His previous stop that year was as a member of Fuerza Guinda de Nogales in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 12 games he averaged 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds but left the team in May.

#In his first season as a pro, Smith was an impact player for his BC Timisoara Club in Romania’s Liga National.

#On the season, he averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent from the floor despite being sidelined for the last six games.

#The Liga National is the top-tier professional basketball league of Romania.

#At the national team level, Smith was also a member of The Bahamas’ national team that finished 7th at 2016 FIBA Centrobasket tournament in Panama where they earned qualification for the aforementioned CAC Games.

#He has also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

#Smith spent his local high school career with the St George’s Jaguars before relocating to Piney Woods High in Mississippi and collegiately at Stetson University.

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