London Lions have confirmed Kervin Bristol will return to their squad as the club’s Basketball Champions League debut nears.
The 6’10” center Bristol returns after a season in the Ukraine with MBC Mykolaiv averaging his customary eight rebounds a game and almost two blocked shots per game.
Fan favourite Bristol has a huge amount of European experience. Following graduation from Fordham University in 2012, the 31-year-old had his first taste of pro basketball in Turkey where he averaged 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.
Stints in the top leagues of France, Ukraine, Russia, and Poland, saw performances in the Euro Cup and Basketball Champions League. The defensive stopper led the VTB league in rebounding and set a single game record 19 rebounds. He then won the Championship with Kataja in Finland in the 2016-17 season before replicating that feat here in the BBL as the Lions captured their first league title in 2019.
“Kervin is one of the most lovely guys I have ever coached, he really is a coach’s dream,” said Lions head coach Vince Macaulay. “He works hard all the time, he takes on any challenge on the floor and the spirit he brings to the team is awesome.
“One of the main reasons we achieved what we did was down to Kervin and I knew if the chance ever arose again, I would bring him back to London.”
Bristol added, “I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity to be back in London for another season. I loved it here last time and competing in the Basketball Champions League is just icing on the cake.”
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.