Trini basketballers celebrate academic and sporting success

T&T’s elite athletes Ashton Demurrell, Chike Augustine and Leston Gordon have all successfully graduated from their respective colleges and universities. This comes in light of several graduation ceremonies held in the U.S over the weekend.

All three elite athletes received an athletic-scholarship to the U.S following their participation in the annually hosted Caribbean Hoops 25/8 Exposure Camp in Trinidad.

In the camp’s first edition, Leston Gordon pioneered the success of the programme after obtaining a scholarship to Lee College in Baytown, Texas in 2014.

Throughout his college career he would go on to play for New Mexico State University, and Western New Mexico University.

Leston averaged 23 minutes, 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in his final year at Western New Mexico.

He now holds a BSc. in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Sociology and Rehabilitation, and hopes to continue his active playing career professionally in Europe.

In 2015, both Ashton and Chike obtained scholarships to Jacksonville College (JC) and Martin Methodist College (MMC), respectively.

The Laventille pair went on to have successful careers on and off the court.

Ashton, who hails from Sogren Trace, Laventille spent one (1) year at JC before moving to Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

In his senior year at Wiley, Ashton made 30 starting appearances out of the school’s 31 games, while averaging 20.8 minutes, 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Furthermore, he recorded a career-high 20 points and 22 rebounds during his junior year in 2018.

Outfitted with a BSc. in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Child Development, Ashton now seeks to become a recognized basketball coach in and out of the U.S. to help young players from T&T and the Caribbean gain access to a higher level of education, and a fair chance to play collegiate basketball.

Six-foot-10-inch forward, Chike Augustine who is known for his defensive presence, was able to accumulate 294 rebounds and 85 blocks in a total of 97 games throughout his college career at MMC.

In the 2016 – 2017 season he was ranked no. 17 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Southern States Athletic Conference in total blocks (42), and no. 18 in blocks per game (1.400).

Chike who is from Upper Pashley Street, Laventille now holds a BSc. in Sport Management and plans to get into broadcasting journalism.

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