London Lions have added further inside presence to their roster with the addition of 7ft centre, Derek Hall.
A graduate of NCAA Albright College in Division three where he won his Conference, Hall has Hungarian parentage and so plays as a European despite representing USA in the William Jones Cup.
Averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds for Albright, the 26-year-old is a versatile big man with great passing ability, inside moves and a hunger for rebounds. He will team up inside with big man Rashad Hassan in his first season with the Lions.
Following graduation, he played two years in the top league in Hungary, averaging 10 points and six rebounds per outing, most recently with Falco KC during the 2014-15 season.
A short spell ensued in Canada which was ended mutually by club and player.
“I’m very excited to play in London this season,” said Hall.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about the city and organisation. I can’t wait to arrive and do what I can to help bring this team a championship.
“London re-signed some key players from last season and the other players all have a lot of professional experience, which will benefit the team throughout the season.
“We’ll have a tall, athletic team so that should make for an exciting year.”
Lions head coach, Nigel Lloyd is glad to add Hall to the side and added, “Pairing Derek with Rashad will be an intriguing prospect – we know Rashad is an elite performer in our league but Hall brings something not seen here in a while.
“He has a high basketball IQ, loves to rebound and has a sweet touch around the basket. He is a legitimate seven footer, but he is mobile with it and his soft hands allow him to go out to the three point line, so it will be fun.”
Hall will join his team mates in September ahead of their pre-season tour of Poland.Tickets to Lions home games have now gone on sale on Ticketmaster, visit www.londonlionsbasketball.co.uk Or www.ticketmaster.co.uk