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2024 Int’l Signing Class Makes Their Debut

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Top prospects from the International Elite Sports Academy’s 2024 class shine in the Dominican Summer League, while Sebastian Walcott and BJ Murray hit homers and Kentwan Smith earns EuroBasket honors.

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International Elite Sports Academy

The International Elite Sports Academy’s signing class of 2024 has made the transition to the field. Bohan Adderley of the New York Mets, Javado Bain of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Rashawn Pinder of the Texas Rangers have begun exhibition play in the Dominican Summer League. Each of the three players has been strong on the offensive end thus far and looks forward to the transition once their professional careers officially begin.

Sebastian Walcott

Sebastian Walcott homered for the third time this season in High A baseball. Walcott opened his Hickory Crawdads’ series with the Asheville Tourist with a two-run home run. His home run came in the seventh inning of an 8-5 loss last night at LP Frans Stadium. On the season, Walcott is hitting .192 with three home runs, six RBI, 23 hits, and a .647 OPS. The Crawdads, 14-26 on the season, look to even the series on Wednesday night.

BJ Murray

While we’re on home runs, BJ Murray’s insane stat line earned him a spot on MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week. Murray, ranked as Chicago’s No. 11 prospect, homered three times and ended the week with a .474 batting average. The 24-year-old infielder worked his way out of a slump in the most impactful way. Murray homered on May 15 and returned on May 16 with a pair of home runs in the series against the Syracuse Mets. On the season, he’s hitting .200 with five home runs and 20 RBI.

Kentwan Smith

Kentwan Smith’s second season with BC Lulea in Sweden has earned him a EuroBasket End of Year Award. Smith was named to the SBL All-Imports Team and was an SBL honorable mention. He averaged 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game by EuroBasket.com. Smith has been active on the international level throughout his pro career that has taken him to six different countries on three different continents. At the national team level, Smith was most recently a member of the senior men’s national team that participated in the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifiers and FIBA AmeriCup 2025 Qualifiers.

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