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Joel Osborne

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Posted Thursday, August 30th 2018

It’s been a long time coming - Champion

Lewis Champion has revealed he can’t wait to make his long anticipated debut in the British Basketball League.

The 25-year-old point guard joined Bristol Flyers over the summer, having spent the last seven years playing in the second tier of British Basketball with both Team Northumbria and Reading Rockets.

Champion helped the Rockets to back-to-back league titles before winning the championship once again with Northumbria in 2017, whilst averaging 15.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

"It’s been a long time coming for me, but it’s a really great feeling,” he told Bristol Flyers TV.

"I've been playing Division One pretty much my whole career, so that step was always supposed to come and now luckily this year it has.

"I had a conversation with my coach at the time, Marc Steutel after I graduated University and he said that Coach Kapoulas was interested.

"I got the call from Andreas a week or so after that, and we had a really good conversation. 

"Everything he said about the team, the culture around club and the people behind the scenes was positive and I really wanted to get involved.

"In terms of going to the next level, I think Bristol is one of the best places to come."


LEVEL UP! ⬆️

Champion is no stranger to competing at the next level, having trained alongside Newcastle Eagles’ players Darius Defoe, Scott Martin and Charles Smith during his four-year stay at Northumbria University.

"Playing against those guys definitely showed that I can compete at this level and give the Flyers something new," Champion added.

"Just seeing them and how they read the game and the positions they get in to definitely helped me develop as a player.

"It gave me some experience in terms of knowing what it will be like at the next level.

"I’m really looking forward to playing against Darius Defoe, he was one of my good friends up in Newcastle.

"I loved playing with him, but being able to play against him will be even better.

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Watch Lewis Champion make his Bristol Flyers debut against Team USA Select on Thursday, September 6th (7.30pm tip-off).

Tickets for Flyers' pre-season games against USA Select, Solent Kestrels and Team Basketball Wales (inc the Greg Streete Testimonial) remain on general sale!

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