Lions ink Weaver

London Lions have secured the services of 6’8” Centre, Trent Weaver, ahead of the start of the new season.

The 25 year old graduated from NCAA Division II side, Ohio Dominican in 2016 after averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds. The center has pro experience in Germany with FC Shalke and in Luxembourg the past two seasons. Under former Plymouth Raiders Coach, Gavin Love, Weaver averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds whilst shooting 61% from the field.

“I am pleased to have secured Trent, he is a force in the paint, he runs all day and will be a physical presence,” said Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay.

“He shoots the ball extremely well and I believe will fit in well to BBL play. He has had success from this League in the past and I’m excited to get to work with him.”

The Ohio native Weaver added, “The opportunity to be a part of a team that has had amazing recent success in a well-respected League was extremely attractive to me. I understand the Lions play a fast paced, exciting brand of basketball along with toughness and grit.

“These aspects align perfectly with what I can bring to the table. All whilst playing basketball in the beautiful city of London. I know the upcoming season will be another special one.”

Weaver is expected to join his team mates this week ahead of the start of the season on 20 September. Tickets for Lions games are available at www.thelondonlions.com.

Blazers Sign Moses Brown To Training Camp Deal

Moses Brown of UCLA

The Portland Trail Blazers have inked UCLA big man Moses Brown to a training camp deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The 7’1″ center played one single NCAA season and averaged 9.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Brown went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft but signed on with the Houston Rockets’ summer league team. He only saw brief action in one summer league game in Las Vegas.

While the Blazers can’t offer the biggest incentive of an exhibit 10 deal since they don’t have a G League squad, Bobby Marks of ESPN notes that they can still offer one, since that attachment would also allow them to convert the deal into a two-way pact.

The Blazers have just 14 players, which means they could bring aboard one additional player when rosters condense at the start of the season, but perhaps more likely is them extending a two-way contract offer if they’re impressed with the raw center.

Portland has one additional two-way slot remaining, the other already occupied by Jaylen Hoard.

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Suns To Sign Haywood Highsmith To Exhibit 10 Deal

Haywood Highsmith of the Philadelphia 76ers

The Phoenix Suns are expected to ink 22-year-old forward Haywood Highsmith to an exhibit 10 contract, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports. Highsmith spent the 2018-19 campaign split between the Philadelphia 76ers and Delaware Blue Coats on a two-way deal.

The Wheeling Jesuit University product averaged 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game during his G League opportunities last season and will now have financial incentive to stick with Phoenix’s affiliate in Northern Arizona.

Given that the Suns already have 15 guaranteed contracts that they can bring into the regular season, Highsmith will have his work cut out for him making the team’s standard roster, but they do have one two-way slot available.

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Brit Jordan Jackson checks in

London Lions have announced the acquisition of 6’9” Centre, Jordan Jackson ahead of the new season.

Jackson has gained all his basketball experience in the USA, most recently graduating from McMurry University but has had spells at Florida A&M before being tracked by the Lions.

Born in Leeds, Jackson will enter his first season as a pro after averaging just shy of 9 points and 5 boards.

“I am glad to be a part of this great programme with focused players and great staff,” said Jackson.

“I can feel nothing but success for our season. I just want to thank the Lions for bringing me on board and I’m ready to get the train rolling.”

Coach Vince Macaulay added, “Jordan has a strong presence and I think he has a learning curve ahead of him but he has shown huge athleticism and a willingness to learn, he will certainly help us in the paint and on the glass.”

Next action for Jackson and his team mates will be tonight when they face Bakken Bears, Danish Champions, at University of East London.

Tickets are still available at https://www.thelondonlions.com/sports-dock-games/.

Lockhart returns for fifth season

London Lions have confirmed the return of guard, Andre Lockhart for his fifth season in the capital.

The 33 year old dual Bajan-British passport holder showed his immense contribution to the team in the Championship winning season as he backed up the point position whilst bringing healthy scoring and a wise head to proceedings.

Already heading up Lions’ Basketball Academy Partnerships with the New City College he serves as a mentor and coach to the talent of the future.

Following three seasons with Queens University in the USA, Lockhart arrived in the BBL in the 2010-11 season as he helped Newcastle Eagles to the runners-up spot in the BBL Championship. After spells in back in Barbados and Germany, Lockhart returned to the UK in January 2014 and helped Essex Leopards finish as runners-up in NBL Division One.

Last season Lockhart anchored the bench and contributed 6 points and 2.5 assists to the team whilst drawing some tough defensive assignments.

A Barbados international at both junior and senior level, Lockhart is beaming to be back with the Lions.

“I am super ecstatic to be back with the Lions and continuing into my fifth year with the club,” said Lockhart.

“I can’t thank the management team and coaching staff enough for the opportunity to stay within an organisation that has become my extended family. We achieved great goals last season but weren’t satisfied so will be hungry to achieve more.

“I want to thank my coaches for having confidence in me and I will repay them by working extremely hard in whatever role is required so we can be successful again.”

Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay added, “Andre is a rock for us. He exemplifies what you want in a player, a team mate and a friend.

“He is dedicated to his craft and is always working to improve, his court awareness now is high, his defensive effort is relentless and he is a sage for the younger guys, he is a big asset to us in this coming season.”

Fans will get to see the team for the first time tonight and then the 9 September. Cal State Poly are the visitors to the Copper Box later this evening whilst Euro-team, Bakken Bears, Danish Champions, will be next up on the 9th. Tickets available at https://www.thelondonlions.com/sports-dock-games/

Tickets for the Cal Poly Mustangs, regular season game tickets and season tickets are now available online on the Lions website.

Wolves sign Holden

Worcester Wolves have acquired the services of Merrill Holden for the 2019-20 BBL season.

The 6’8″ American brings further strength, athleticism and versatility to the Wolves roster ahead of the new campaign.

During his NCAA Career with Louisiana Tech and Iowa State, playing in 75 games Merrill totalled 292 points, 49 blocks and 199 rebounds.

Since graduating from Iowa State Merrill has also played for Caballeros de Culiacan and for Bahrain Basketball where he averaged 24.8 points and 14.8 rebounds.

“I am really excited about Merrill pulling on a Wolves Jersey this season,” said Wolves Head Coach Matt Newby. “It was a long process trying to find a position 5/4 that would complement the line-up we have recruited and I believe we have found him.

“He has the ability to impact the game at this level in a number of ways and I feel his desire defensively is a super strength and when you couple this with high outputs on the glass at both ends of the floor and his ability to protect the rim as well as strong basketball IQ I feel we have a great asset.”

Merrill cannot wait to get started with his new team, adding “I’m excited to start this year with Worcester. I feel that we have a young group of guys that will bring toughness, skill, energy and determination.

“I’m excited to show the Wolfpack the energy and leadership that I will bring to the program. It’s going to be a special season, you don’t want to miss out.”

Tickets are available for Wolves’ season at https://worcesterwolves.org/tickets/home-games/ and from the University of Worcester Arena.

Hornets Signing Ahmed Hill To Two-Way Deal

The Charlotte Hornets are signing Ahmed Hill to a two-way deal for the 2018-19 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The shooting guard will split time between the team’s big league club and their Greensboro Swarm affiliate.

Hill, 23, is coming off his best collegiate season as a senior at Virginia Tech. In a career-high 35.3 minutes, Hill averaged 13.1 points and 3.9 rebounds. He shot 44 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The Augusta, Georgia native further demonstrated his shooting prowess in six Summer League contests with the Brooklyn Nets. Hill averaged 6.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting.

With the signing, the Hornets have brought their training camp roster to the limit of 20 players. Hill, along with Robert Franks, will be Charlotte’s two-way players.

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