Ovie Soko has warned the London Lions’ league rivals that he is going to be more a fighter than a lover as he finally starts his BBL campaign.
The former US college star turned his back on some big-money offers from European teams to spend the year focusing on a successful stint on reality TV show Love Island.
The 6’7” forward became a firm favourite on the programme but, as he returns his focus to hoops, he promises British fans will see a very different side of his personality.
Soko said: “I play with a lot of intensity. You're not going to see the same laidback guy you saw on Love Island.
“It's a very different approach but it's going to be exciting. I'm excited to interact with the fans over here and hopefully bring a lot of wins to London.
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“I feel like we have a lot of potential, and it's a league with a lot of potential, so I feel like there's going to be a lot of exciting highlights this year.
“Basketball has obviously opened up a whole bunch of opportunities for me. It has taken me around the world and it has helped me grow as a young man.
“I’ve definitely got a lot of love for the sport and I'm happy to be back.”
Soko, 28, helped the Lions to an 88-72 win on his debut against Glasgow Rocks on Sunday and will next be in action when they visit the Manchester Giants on Saturday.
But, after starring in Greece and Spain, the former GB star is just looking to put a crazy year – and a third-placed finish on “Love Island” – behind him and re-establish his basketball credentials.
He said: “2019 has been a whirlwind. There have been a lot of ups and downs but ultimately it has been a year of growth.
“Obviously with Love island I couldn't have predicted how that has all panned out but the beauty of it is that it has allowed me to marry the TV side of things to my basketball which has always been my first passion.
“It’s been a year where I couldn't have told you I was going to be in the situation I am now, if you had asked me at the beginning of the year, but I'm happy to be here.”
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