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Lionheart Lockhart returns

London Lions have brought back veteran guard Andre Lockhart for a sixth consecutive season.

The 34-year-old is coming off his best year yet with the Lions,  averaging 6.2 points per game on 46% shooting from the floor and 52% from the three point line, all career highs for the fan favourite.

After playing a significant role in the Championship winning season, Lockhart will also continue as Director of Lions’ Basketball Academy Partnerships with the New City College where he serves as a mentor and coach to the talent of the future.

After 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 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, his first Lions’ appearance was in the 2015-16 season.

“Returning to Lions for a sixth year is truly a blessing,” said Lockhart. “The beginning of every season is always exciting but with unfinished business from last season due to the pandemic, and us taking this amazing step into European competition, it’s actually the most exciting season thus far.

“It’s been a different off-season from those in the past but I know the club is ready and being one of the veteran guys so am I. As always, I’m ready to do whatever it takes for us to be successful when my number is called.”

Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay added, “It’s amazing that Andre has been here for six years. You begin to realise how much he and the long-term returnees have shaped the culture of this club. If there is one person you can always count on, its Andre, his attitude is contagious, and he wants so much for everyone around him, hence his immense unselfishness. It’s great that we can continue the journey.”

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.