London Lions captain Joe Ikhinmwin will make it eight straight seasons with the club as his return for the 2020-21 season was announced today.
Ikhinmwin has been a fan favourite since joining the Lions in 2013 and has captained his team to two Play-Off Finals, a BBL Cup and the club’s first ever league Championship last season.
An improved three-point percentage to 42% and 15 minutes a game saw the Lions stalwart play a stellar role in blending the many offensive and defensive talents the team had this past season. Playing in several roles he excelled in coming on and creating a change in energy.
“It’s a great feeling to be part of this new era the Lions are going into,” said Ikhinmwin. “I’m grateful to the club and fans for continuing to support my dream, many sacrifices have been made to get us here and they were all worth it.”
Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay added, “I think Joe has created a special BBL career. He brings special qualities on and off the floor and he understands what it means to play in London as a Londoner, walking the walk every time.
“Joe works hard with his team mates to drive that ethos, on the floor he will do whatever is necessary in any position to help us win. Most importantly the fans know he gives all to the cause.”
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 Newcastle Eagles then saw him sign for his hometown club, and Ikhinmwin was delighted to not only be back home but to help get the club to silverware.
“It’s a great honour to be returning to the Lions for my sixth season with the club,” added Ikhinmwin. “We did well last season despite setbacks along the way, but we fell one short on our aims. This year we will do whatever it takes to get over the line and I can’t wait to get started.”
Fans will get to see the team for the first time on 15 September, with opponents yet to be decided as the Basketball Champions League draw takes place Wednesday 15 July, live at 10am on the London Lions Facebook page.
Tickets and details of television coverage will be confirmed nearer the date.