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The Bahamas’ junior men’s national basketball team placed fifth in the 2015 FIBA Centrobasket Under-17 Championship for Men held in Puerto Rico August 4 through 8, and were led by a rising star from Abaco, D’Andre Vilmar.

Abaco’s Vilmar a Rising Star

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The Bahamas’ junior men’s national basketball team placed fifth in the 2015 FIBA Centrobasket Under-17 Championship for Men held in Puerto Rico August 4 through 8, and were led by a rising star from Abaco, D’Andre Vilmar.

Team Bahamas’ D’Andre Vilmar emerged as a bright point during the series as they put together a 3-2 record for the tournament. The 6’4” guard out of Abaco and Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, led the tournament in scoring at 19.6 points per game and rebounding at 12.4 boards per game. He was also second in assists as he dished out 4.6 per game.

Son of proud parents, Rochelle and David Vilmar, D’Andre, now in the eleventh grade, has a bright future ahead of him and is projected to land NCAA Division 1 interest. Colleges such as Penn State, Villanova, Temple and Rutgers, among others have already shown interest in the versatile wing guard.

A scouting report noted that Vilmar is “the man behind the scenes of his Roman Catholic basketball team, but has the potential surpass everyone in front of him. The very athletic sophomore wing has a tremendous upside, and the athleticism of a major college player. He’s a slasher who can finish strong at the basket and likes to use his athleticism to attack the offensive glass. Vilmar has good form on his jump shot, and though he plays clean up because of his team he could be a scorer if relied on more.”

In an interview a few years ago D’Andre noted that it was his brother who motivated him to play at a higher level.

“He (David) was a good high school basketball player,” said Vilma. “Everyone talked about how good he was, where we lived and in different areas, and I want to be better than him.”

His mother said that D’Andre was the only freshman to play on the varsity team and is now entering his junior year. He was also a part of the talented AAU squad Team Final.

As for his future plans, Vilmar’s dream besides making it to the NBA is playing Division I basketball and becoming a lawyer. Down the road, D’Andre will look back to his childhood and appreciate his older brother for pushing him to succeed.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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