FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Texas A&M men’s basketball sophomore-to-be Tavario Miller is competing for a chance to represent his home country this week during tryouts for the Bahamas National Team on the campus of Colorado State.
The Long Island, Bahamas, native played in 31 games during his rookie season in Aggieland, contributing a total of 56 points and 74 rebounds while averaging 9.8 minutes per contest.
The Bahamas National Team, which is being directed by Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy, is preparing for international competition at the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederations Senior Championships, July 1-5 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The Bahamas is one of four teams placed in Group A alongside Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Cuba. Group B consists of the Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Guyana and Barbados.
Later this summer the squad will also compete at the Centrobasket Championship, a FIBA-sponsored tournament which will be held in Tepic, Nayarit in west-central Mexico. At Centrobasket, the Bahamas will compete against teams from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica and Mexico, with the top 3-4 teams advancing to the FIBA Americas Championships, where a berth in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics is up for grabs against competition from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
The training camp began June 20 at CSU and runs for nine days before culminating Saturday, June 28, when the team makes its way to Tortola. Prior to the CBC Senior Championships, the team will be pared down to a roster of 12 players.