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St. Croix’s Rakeem Christmas Moves Closer To Home To Play Professional Basketball

SAN JUAN — St. Croix basketball star Rakeem Christmas has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional with the Mets de Guaynabo, the team has announced.

Christmas last played professionally in Turkey, suiting up for four games earlier this year with OGM Ormanspor. He averaged four points and 2.3 rebounds in nine minutes per game.

Christmas, raised in St. Croix, played parts of two NBA seasons with the Indiana Pacers after being selected in the second round of the NBA Draft in 2015.

He was a USA Today Second Team All-American as a senior after averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.

The Guaynabo Mets signed big man Christmas on Friday.

He is a former second-round draft pick with professional experience in the NBA, NBA G-League, Turkey, China, New Zealand and the Philippines.

Christmas and his mother Landra Hamid moved to St. Croix when he was two years old. While he lived here, his mother died due to kidney failure at the age of 28.

After his mother died, he remained in St. Croix and was raised there by his grandmother, Evelyn Hamid.

When he was 13 years old he moved to Philadephia to live with his aunt, Amira Hamid, who became his legal guardian.

Christmas and his partner Jasmine Jordan (Michael Jordan’s daughter) announced on Christmas Day in 2018 that they were expecting a child.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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