Basketball: Lockhart returns to London Lions
PUBLISHED: 16:23 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 24 August 2018
London Lions have secured the return of guard Andre Lockhart for a fourth successive season.
Following a summer competing in the FIBA Americup qualifiers with Barbados, the London-born Bajan-British passport holder is energised and ready to capitalise on a great season for the Lions last term.
Following 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.
A Barbados international at both junior and senior level, Lockhart is delighted to be back with the Lions and said: “I’m really happy for the chance to return back with the Lions for a fourth season.
“I would like to thank the coaching staff and other Lions management staff for giving me another chance to play for the Lions. This club and everyone has become a huge part of my life and more like family.
“We have the majority of our core returning with a few additions and we expect nothing less than improving from last years’ success, as that chapter is now over.
“I’ve been working really hard this summer as I want to contribute everything I can to the team’s success, whether that’s playing defence on the toughest opponent, hitting open shots or creating for my teammates. This season will be exciting, and I can’t wait to get it started”.
Lions head coach Vince Macaulay added: “You always want hard-nosed competitors with you when you are trying to get it done, Andre has a high basketball IQ, he is always well prepared and on the floor he is very composed.
“We won many games last season when shorthanded where he guided us home, I’m very happy to be able to bring him back again, he epitomises what we are about here.”
Lockhart heads a strong cast of returning Lions alongside Justin Robinson, Joe Ikhinmwin, Brandon Peel, Paul Guede and Jerelle Okoro, with new additions Jordan Spencer, Ladarius Tabb and Kervin Bristol.
The BBL season tips off at the Copper Box on September 21 when the Glasgow Rocks are the visitors.