Thursday, August 22, 2013

Snorkeling in the Atlantic on day off in the Bahamas

By Devareaux Manley

Junior, Guard

This trip has really been amazing. I’m enjoying just being here in the Bahamas because it’s something I’ve never been able to experience before. It is so beautiful here—the weather, the beaches, pretty much everything.

The people down here are nice and excited to see us. Everybody asks us questions, like where we are from and how we our team has been doing down here. Some people thing we’re in the pros and we have to tell them we’re in college. 

Our team is staying at The Atlantis, which has been a cool. The resort is huge and there are so many things to do right here that allow you to enjoy the weather. I’ve been spending time going on the water slides, chilling at the beach and going out on the jet skis. Overall, we’re just all having a good time and hanging out with each other.

Yesterday was an off day and we went went on a snorkeling tour. We got on a boat and they took us on a little cruise in the ocean before stopping near one of the islands and letting us get in the water. I’ve never been snorkeling before, so it was definitely a cool experience. I know it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, so I had to get out there in the water and see all of the fish and everything.

It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. The ocean and the current just kind of take you out there and you have to fight to go where you want. Even though they gave us life vests to wear, we still had to work and swim on our own just to stay above the water. There’s salt water splashing all around and you have to try and make sure it doesn’t get in your mouth and eyes. It was definitely a workout. But overall, it was a good experience and I’m glad that I was able to do it.

And on the basketball side, it’s just been fun to get out there and finally play against people other than each other in practice. It’s been incredible for me to see how well we already play together. This team is just so unselfish and everybody shares the ball so well. Sometimes we are too unselfish. We’ll have open shots and we’ll still make that extra pass if somebody is open. That’s probably what I like about this team though.

We won our first two games and play our next one later tonight. We’re trying to go unbeaten down here and build off that as we try to win the MAC title.

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