Demonte Flannigan has become the first signing for the London Lions under the new era of recently installed head coach, Mariusz Karol.
The 6ft 8in forward/centre has just graduated from Cleveland State in the Horizon League of NCAA Division I.
Flannigan averaged 11.5pts and 5.8 rebounds per game whilst leading his team in rebounds. At High School in Ohio, he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds and played for the USA Under 16 National team.
Coach Karol was pleased with his first signing and stated: “He is a hard worker in the key area and I think his style will suit the BBL.
“I think he can bring a physical presence for us,” added the play-caller.
Meanwhile the player himself commented: “I am excited to be in London.
“I want to get my professional career off to a good start. I like what I see in the London Lions and I want to continue to improve and work hard for the fans.
Lions’ Chief Executive, Vince Macaulay was also pleased to get the process of signing players under way.
He said: “As always at this time of year, I am very excited. But, there is an extra buzz with a new coach and what will be a lot of new players.
“I think Demonte can really grow as a pro here, as a young player he was brilliant, his college career saw him develop into a strong player inside with a nice touch”
Watch out for more player signings coming soon! The Lions will start pre-season on the 5th of September when the team will fly to Poland for some tournament games, before returning in time for the British Basketball All Stars event at the O2 Arena on the 24th of September.
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