London Lions’ 2020-21 squad received an addition today in the shape of the high-flying Dirk Williams, no stranger to the BBL.
The 6’6” Alabama native had two years with the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks before moving to Hungary last season. A super season with Zalakeramia ZTE KK, saw Williams average 17 points a game on career shooting at, 51% from the floor and a smooth 47% from behind the three-point arc.
A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Williams brought his exciting game to the BBL in 2017 and had a stellar period with the Sharks in which he set the League alight with his versatile game, his 19.2 points in 2018-19 was good enough to lead the league in scoring.
He will be most remembered though for breaking the internet in January 2018 with his Dunk of the Year, that saw him go full court, between the legs, before leaping over a Surrey Scorchers defender to slam home.
The clip went viral earning over one million views combined on social media and profile from media all over the world including ESPN Sportscenter, BBC Sport, Bleacher Report, and others.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to play in the BBL again and even more excited to get a chance to play in the Basketball Champions League,” said Williams.
“I think this will be good for British Basketball if we can go forward and win some games. Me personally I think it’s time for the BBL to get more respect than it has had over the years. This league is very competitive.”
Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay added, “Signing Dirk was really important for our plans, he is so versatile, so athletic and can also shoot the ball extremely well. Watching his games in Hungary I can see he has improved several aspects of his game and I think he will thrive in the many competitions we play in.”
Fans will get to see the team for the first time on 15 September, with Lions taking on Neptunas Klaipeda in a Basketball Champions League qualifier.
Tickets and details of television coverage will be confirmed nearer the date.