By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Journalist
DOMINICK Bridgewater continues to climb the pro basketball level in France and has been promoted for the coming season.
Bridgewater, a member of the For-Sur-Mer, Provence Byers Club, has been placed on the ready-to-Sapela Basket 13, France Men’s National 2 (NM2) of the League.
It has been a smooth transition to the professional level for 20 years, Bridgewater, after starring seasons as a member of the Byers’ Epoirs (Junior League – U21) and NM3 of the teams in the League.
Jaraun “Kino” Burrows, who also returns to the Byers next season, ease of Bridgewater to move to the French club through his “Raw Talent” of the organization that form the Bahamas pro basketball prospects.
“In the continuity of the partnership with our friends at Sapela Basketball 13, we are pleased to be able to official the loan of our young leader of the Bahamas Dominick R Bridgewater,” the Byers said in the official announcement.
“Come in 2018 at the Byers Academy in the framework of our collaboration with the association “Raw Talent” (directed by Jaraun “Kino” Burrows) Dominick will be able to complete his training in NM2 under the orders of the former deputy Rémi Giuitta, Alexander Casimiri.”
In March 2019, an 18-year-old Bridgewater made history when he became the first Bahamian player to make the jump straight from high school to the profession of basketball ranks when he signed a Junior professional contract with the Byers.
He spent his first season as a member of the club Epoirs (Junior League – U21). In 28 games, he averaged 15.7 points, 4.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
After a promising start to his second season in the ranks of the least 21 years old, he became eligible for A roster with a call to participate in the LNB Pro B Leaders Cup. The team was eliminated in the semi-finals to Nancy.
At the time of his call, Bridgewater has dominated the NM3 league with 23.7 points and 7.5 assists per game.
In February, Bridgewater also made the transition from a junior national team standout, for an artist’s studio on the senior national team. He came off the bench to lead The Bahamas to a 76-59 victory over Mexico in the last round of the FIBA Americas Qualifiers.
The youngest player on the roster, Bridgewater has scored 15 off the bench to lead four Bahamians to two digits.