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London Lions re-sign captain Joe Ikhinmwin

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 August 2017

Joe Ikhinmwin in action for the London Lions (Pic: London Lions)

Joe Ikhinmwin in action for the London Lions (Pic: London Lions)

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London Lions Captain Joe Ikhinmwin makes it five straight seasons after signing for the club again ahead of the upcoming season.

Fan favourite Ikhinmwin joined the Lions in 2013 and has been an ever present since and will line up once again at the Copper Box Arena.

This past season the London native averaged seven points a game on 57% shooting from the floor whilst corralling just under four rebounds per outing.

Lions Head Coach, Mariusz Karol, said: “I know Joe well, he is a hard worker that gives all he has in all situations, he is a good spirit for the team, also his experience in the BBL will benefit us.”

Ikhinmwin spent four years at South Carolina State University where he averaged six points and three boards in his final two years before graduating in 2012.

A season with the Newcastle Eagles in 2012 then saw him sign for his hometown club.

The forward is delighted to not only be back but to be in position to be part of the club’s exciting plans.

“It’s a great honour to be returning to the Lions for my fifth season with the club,” he said.

“Every year we get closer to reaching the goals set when the club made the move to London and I’m determined to be part of the team that accomplishes it.

“I’m excited to be working with a new head coach, especially one I have worked with in the past and for whom I have a high level of respect for, his style of basketball and the new attitude that I think will come with his extensive European background.

“The Lions continue to be a driving force for improving the London community and this is something that is really important to me off the court.

“Helping to improve the local areas as well as raising awareness and promoting basketball to the next generation of athletes.”

Watch out for more player signings ahead of the Lions first pre-season match on September, 7, when the team fly to Poland for some tournament games before returning in time for the British Basketball All Stars event at the O2 Arena on September 24.


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