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London Lions sign Kervin Bristol

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 August 2018

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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London Lions have captured six foot ten inch big man Kervin Bristol in a massive coup for the club following his season with Vytautas in Lithuania last year.

Bristol arrives in London with a huge amount of European experience following graduation from Fordham University in 2012.

The 30-year-old had his first taste of pro basketball in Turkey where he averaged 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.

Stints in the top leagues of France, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and many more saw performances in Eurocup and Champions League.

The defensive stopper led the VTB league in rebounding and set a single game record 19 rebounds, he then won the championship with Kataja in Finland in the 2016-17 season.

Lions’ coach and owner, Vince Macaulay, said: “Firstly Kervin is a very unselfish player and super team orientated, his demeanour is calm whilst setting up defensively to stop any opponent.

“He brings a great deal of big time experience to us and gives us a shot blocker that we’ve never had, he has an effective jump shot and cleans the glass with fervour and offensively loves the pick and roll.”

Bristol added: “I enjoyed our visit earlier in the year, I spoke to some of the guys, Justin and Andre and really got a pleasant feel for the club, I know where coach is headed and I want to help him get there.”

Bristol joins returnee’s Justin Robinson, Joe Ikhinmwin, Brandon Peel, Paul Guede as well as Jordan Spencer.

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