by RENALDO DORSETT
Two years ago, he announced his decision to attend the University of Mississippi via Twitter, now one Bahamian collegiate basketball standout took to the social media platform to announce he would be on the move again.
Dwight Coleby confirmed last week that he would leave the Rebels program, but has not made a decision on the next stop of his journey.
“Thank you Ole Miss for everything you have done for me,” he posted on Twitter. “Although I will be leaving, I will always be a (Rebel) deep down inside.”
The 6’9″ 240 pound sophomore post player averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and was also named an SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
It was a progressive season for him as he scored in double figures six games this season where he earned three starts but appeared in 34 games.
In the first instance, Coleby tied his then career high in scoring when the Rebels went on the road to top the Oregon Ducks, 79-73.
In just eight minutes, Coleby scored 10 points on 3-4 shooting. He also added three rebounds and one blocked shot. It was his first time scoring in double figures since the season finale in his freshman year when he scored 10 against Georgia.
He went on to set a new career high on two occasions when he scored 12 points and added seven rebounds in a 92-63 win over Austin Peay.
He recorded his first collegiate double double when he finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 96-82 win over No. 19 Arkansas in January.
In his freshman season with the Rebels, Coleby played in 28 games with four starts and averaged 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 10.4 minutes. He shot 47 per cent from the floor, and finished with 18 blocked shots, fifth on the team.
Entering his junior season, Coleby was expected to be a major contributor to the Rebels frontcourt after they lost senior starters Aaron Jones and M.J. Rhett.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy reflected on Coleby’s time with the program in an interview with The Clarion Ledger.
”We appreciate Dwight’s contributions to our program over the last two years and wish him well in the future,” Kennedy said.
He entered Ole Miss as a highly touted recruit following his senior season at Piney Woods High School.
He was the first commitment for the Rebels and was the top recruit on the team’s recruiting list for the 2013 season.
He was listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and ranked number 23 amongst centers.
ESPN.com also listed him as a three star recruit, with a grade of 78 overall, ranked 36th in the Southeast region, 15th nationally at his position, and second at his position within the state of Mississippi.
ESPN.com’s analysis of Coleby listed his athleticism as the focal point of his game as he heads to the next level. “Coleby is an extra long and very athletic center that is mobile and active. He runs the floor extremely well and on a consistent basis. He finishes drop off passers above the rim and powers through defenders to finish.”
It was also a landmark season for Coleby whose team made the NCAA Tournament and had one of the most thrilling comebacks of the opening rounds.
In a matchup of 11 seeds, the Rebels 62 points in the second half and overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat the Brigham Young University Cougars 94-90.
Coleby came off the bench for a productive 14-minute stretch where he added three points, seven rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. His lone field goal of the game, a dunk at the 14:07 mark in the second half, cut the Cougars’ deficit to single digits for the first time in over 13 minutes.
In the second round the Rebels fell 76-57 to the Xavier Musketeers, the No. 6 seed in the West region, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida
Ole Miss scored 62 points in the second half in the BYU comeback on a Tuesday, boarded a flight to Jacksonville, got to bed about 5am Wednesday and spent the next 30 hours between rest and practice sessions. They missed 18 of their first 27 shots.
In the second half they cut an 18-point deficit to 10 but it would be as close as they would come.
On the national team level, he was a member of the Bahamas’ team that won gold at the 2014 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Champions in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.