London Lions have added 6’9” GB forward, Matthew Bryan-Amaning to their squad as they are deep in preparation for their Basketball Champions League campaign starting in just 10 days.
The Lions will travel to Bulgaria to face Neptunas Klaipeda in an elimination game with the hope they can then beat one of Tsmoki Minsk or hosts Balkan to enter the Champions League Group stages.
Londoner Bryan-Amaning is well known to the Lions after playing a few games for the team in 2013 and also battling against them whilst at City Royals and last season at Surrey Scorchers.
The Washington graduate has a stellar career across the globe, winning championships in Mexico, Argentina as well as strong stints on the European continent. His spells in the BBL have seen averages of 17 points and eight rebounds regularly and his post presence and size will be an asset in the Lions dual campaign.
“The opportunity to stay home and represent my city was huge for me,” said Bryan-Amaning. “I’ve played this game at various levels all over the world and been fortunate to win multiple championships overseas and also some silverware the one full season I played here in the BBL.
“I think the experience I have now starting year 10 professionally can help add to this incredibly talented squad.
“The guys have been welcoming and are all on the same page to help push British basketball and anyone that knows me knows everywhere I have been I’ve felt like an ambassador for the British game.
“I won’t overlook the opportunity to reunite in the court with MVP Justin Robinson. We met and started training together from the age of nine and played our Jr basketball for the Brixton Topcats and one year at prep school (south Kent school, CT) now it feels like we’ve come full circle 15 years later both playing professionally on the same team.
“The organisation has done an amazing job putting this team together and the support around the players is top notch. Speaking from experience I can say that every player is dedicated to making this season a special one and we’re putting in the work every day. It’s a good feeling to be part of the Lions family.”
Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay added, “We must continue to strengthen with the best British players that want the best for British Basketball.
“Matt, as we all know, is a young man that is confident in his abilities, what is also clear is that he wants the game in this country to be on a par with Europe, I believe a Matt that is motivated to the right things on and off the court is going to be a huge asset for us, with what is probably the biggest game for our sport in the last 20 years looming.”
The Neptunas Klaipeda game is on the 22 September and should the Lions be victorious the next game is on the 24th September.
Details of any television coverage are to be confirmed.