Ahead of their transatlantic clash with the UMass on Saturday (August 22), the London Lions basketball team have brought in Jamal Williams to team up with his brother, Kai, for the new season.
The 6ft 5in Williams signs from the Worcester Wolves where his 26-point spree made him the MVP of the BBL Trophy Final in 2014. Last season he averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game in a season that saw the Wolves finish third.
Williams holds a British passport and graduated from Regina University in Canada and in his first stint in the BBL in 2010 won the BBL Championship with Mersey Tigers
Coach Nigel Lloyd said: “Jamal has showed himself to be a very smart basketball player and a winner, his enthusiasm and team orientation will really take us a long way.”
Jamal said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to keep playing but also excited to be in London and to play at this level again with my brother.”
Meanwhile, Demond Watt will also join the team for the 2015-16 season.
Watt bagged numerous Player of the Month Awards playing for the Cheshire Phoenix.
Coach Lloyd said: “Demond is a solid acquisition for us, he is proven and that’s the best thing I can say, he knows what our League is about and clearly goes to battle each and every night, I think he will bring a steel and character to us that will be positive.”
Coach Lloyd will take charge of the team for the first time as they come up against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen at 6pm.
The Lions have been adding some new and young talent to the team that made it to the Championship game at The O2 in May
Lloyd said: “I am getting excited to put the likes of Nick Lewis, Kai Williams and Joe Ikhinmwin on the floor to watch their chemistry, Brian Voelkel will have played at this level most recently and if we can get our imports in by then as well it will be a thrilling game for London.”
The first home game of the season is September 25 when they take on Leeds Force, at the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.