Born in East London, it was only right that Gabe Olaseni returned home to roar for the Lions. Having attended both high school and college in the States, Olaseni went on to spend eight years in Europe – playing in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Turkey. The GB international offers height, physicality, and experience from his time spent overseas. At his previous club, Darüşşafaka, Olaseni racked up 48 appearances whilst averaging an impressive 13.5 points on 56.8% shooting.
A veteran of 44 EuroCup games, Jordan Taylor arrived in the British capital after having played for some of the most prestigious teams in the world, including Virtus Roma, Limoges, Galatasaray, and recently U-BT Cluj-Napoca. Taylor also played in 26 Euroleague games for LDLC ASVEL and won the 2016 German Cup with Alba Berlin, where he dished out 4 assists en route to victory. The Minnesota native played for the Wisconsin Badgers for four years in the NCAA and received several first and second-team selections. Most notably, the 6’1” 2-way point guard was named to the 2011 Big Ten All-Defensive team.
After climbing through the ranks for England and Great Britain on an international scale, Mo Soluade returned to London in 2022 following successful spells in both Spain and Poland. The 6’5 guard has played in 11 EuroLeague games for Malaga which all came during the 2017/18 campaign. Having worked on his craft away from the British shores, Soluade has shown that he can play at Europe’s highest level.
The former NBA forward joins the London Lions following incredible spells in Turkey and the NBA. The Wisconsin Badgers alumni was drafted by the Houston Rockets, where he spent 2-years before spending time with the LA Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. He brings significant top-flight European championship-winning experience, including his time with Bahcesehir, where he won the 2022 FIBA Europe Cup.
The Irish-Canadian signed for the Lions in the summer of 2023. The 6’9 forward spent six years in his native British Columbia, studying at UBC in Vancouver. In 2018, Morgan made the decision to play in New Zealand – signing for the Southland Sharks. Morgan averaged 15.6 points on over 48% shooting, aiding his team towards their third ever NBL Championship. A year after joining, he joined Joventut Badalona where he remained for three seasons. Morgan then went on to play in Spain, Poland, and Turkey. At his most recent club, Bahçeşehir Koleji, the big man averaged just shy of 11-points on a staggering 49.1% three-point shooting.
The Team GB guard joins the London Lions after successful spells across Europes top leagues. In his previous campaign, he averaged 8.3 points, 4 assists and 1 rebound to drive a strong end to the season for Le Portel. Nelson recently played in Team GB's World Cup - European Qualifiers with a notable performance against a strong Latvian side.
The young point guard joins the London Lions after a spell with top flight Spanish side San Pablo Burgos. The Team GB international was the first first British player to win the Basketball Champions League in 2020. He has represented Team GB across all age levels and made his senior debut during the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers.
After discovering his love for basketball at 16-years-old, Djanogly went on to play during his time studying in at McGill University in Canada – learning how to play the game to a high-quality standard. Since then, Josh has played for a number of teams in Germany and Israel. The 6’10 Londoner is known for his elite rebounding, high IQ, and ability to read the game. The center is determined to help the Lions make it to EuroLeague basketball.
The big Stanford Cardinal alumni joins the Lions following spells at top-flight European teams. In his last campaign with Trefl Sopot, Sharma averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds and an assist. Made his debut for the Great Britain national basketball team on Monday, 14th November 2022, against Lativa.
The high flying shooting guard joins the Lions following spells in Spain, Italy and France. The WVU alumni brings with him years of top flight European experience after campaigns with Turkish side Tofus Bursa and the Italian Umana Reyer Venezia.
The Londoner has joined the Lions having played across the pond for seven seasons whilst studying in America. The 6’7 Brit most recently played in NCAA DII for Mercyhurst, accumulating 25-games across his two years in Pennsylvania. Sandy, who predominantly plays on the wing, can also play in the guard position. The Lions have been aided by a player who can provide depth, skill, and versatility to their constantly evolving roster.
A player who could soon become a fan favourite at the Copper Box Arena is guard Matt Morgan. In his first year of college, the American stacked up six Ivy League Rookie of the Week honours which set the pace for his successful four years at college. As a sophomore, Morgan led the Ivy League in scoring and went on to put up over 2300 points for Cornell. In 2019, he signed for the then NBA Champions, Toronto Raptors. He represented the franchise’s G-League team for two years before playing for Konyaspor and Le Mans in Europe. Most recently, the North Carolina-native was named in the 2023 All-French League Team alongside current NBA superstar, Victor Wembanyama.
Part of Lions NBL Division One team where he led the team in with 17.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41.9% FG, 32.2% 3PG, 81% FT. Kaboza studied with Myerscough College and played for their basketball academy. He returned to play for Barking Abbey Division 1 team in London after a season in Iceland.
Clemson alumni Donte Grantham is another talent with pedigree on what is a star-studded Lions roster. The forward went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but was picked up by the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-way contract whilst representing their G-League team, Oklahoma City Blue. In 2019, the 6’8 big man signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, which saw him remain in the G-League – playing for the Agua Caliente Clippers. In 2021, Grantham made the move to France to play for Pro B club Champagne Châlons-Reims. A year later, he was playing in France’s top division for SLUC Nancy Basket before signing for the Lions in July 2023.
Remy’s youth career in basketball began with Cruz Basketball Academy, where he played for two years. He later transitioned into National League teams, Haringey Hawks and Islington Panthers, where he played until he moved on to New City College. From here, Udeh had a direct pathway into the London Lions first team. The guard is known for his athleticism and his work ethic on both ends of the court. With his professional career ahead of him, Remy is looking to take advantage of this huge opportunity to win at the highest possible level.
Rokas arrived in London during the 2023/24 season, signing for the Lions on a short-term deal. After playing his college basketball in New York, the 6’9 big man went on to play for a variety of clubs in his homeland Lithuania, whilst also playing for a season in Spain. Gustys brings international pedigree to the table having earned bronze and silver medals with his country at Under-18 and Under-19 levels. The Lithuanian will provide extra coverage for the Lions in their quest for success at both domestic and European levels.
In 2023, the Lions were boosted by the signing of American Juicy Landrum, who arrived in London with serious pedigree. The guard spent four years playing NCAA Division 1 basketball for Baylor University – aiding the Lady Bears towards their third-ever NCAA Championship in 2019. The Texan is known for her sweet stroke from behind the arc. In 2019, Landrum put up an astonishing 14 three-pointers in a 111-43 against Arkansas State. Three years later, Juicy was selected by Connecticut Sun with the 35th pick of the 2022 WNBA Draft. The American later moved overseas where she signed for Melikgazi Kayseri. Landrum enjoyed a successful spell in Turkey, averaging just shy of 16-points on an electic 44.2% three-point shooting.
The Lions announced the signing of Ivana Katanić in the summer of 2023. The Serbian has represented her country across a variety of age levels – from the U16’s through to the 2023 EuroBasket. The 5’9 guard has played in Belgium and Hungary with the UK being her latest career chapter. Katanić will bring European experience to a roster that is hungry to compete on the game’s biggest stages.
At the age of 15, Beckford-Norton swapped Barking Abbey for the States where she attended high school and college. At the age of 21, Shanice played her final season at LSU and signed for German club, Heidelberg. In 2020, the Londoner returned home by signing with the Lions – averaging just over 14-points in her first WBBL season. The Brit has since gone on to represent her nation at Euro Basket Qualifiers whilst becoming a staple in the London Lions roster.
Cox made her debut for the Great Britain U16 group in the 2021/22 campaign, averaging just short of 11-points alongside an average of 6.7 rebounds. The forward went on to play with Sevenoaks at U16 and senior team level, appearing in 15 games of the 2022/23 WBBL season. The Brit arrives at the Copper Box as a star that could light up the court in years to come.
Green was announced on the Lions roster in the summer of 2023 arriving from Hungarian club, DVTK Miskolc. The 6’3 big began her career on the books of the Sevenoaks Suns whilst shooting through the English and Great British ranks. Green went on to spend time in America playing in the JUCO and NCAA system before completing her move to Poland as a 23-year-old. The GB international spent two years playing for Gorzów before making the transition to Hungary to play for DVTK Miskolc. Cheridene spent two years playing in Miskolc where she competed in 23 EuroLeague and EuroCup games.
Snytsina launched her professional career in 1999 where she spent three years with Belarusian side Horizont Minsk. The 6’2 forward went on to represent teams in France, Russia, Poland, Turkey, and Hungary. She arrived in London in 2022, 15-years after she picked up a bronze medal with Belarus at the 2007 EuroBasket. With 24-years of competitive European basketball on her CV, the veteran offers the Lions length, leadership, and invaluable experience.
With plenty of British basketball experience under her belt already, the three-time WBBL Young Player of the Year will provide the Lions with instant offensive firepower. After representing GB and England on numerous occasions, including All-Star Five honors in the 2019 FIBA U20 European Division B Championship, Winterburn tallied 958 points while playing for the Leicester Riders. Winterburn also spent a season at Oregon University, where she averaged 11.4 minutes over 28 games for the PAC-12 champions.
Faye Edean joined the Lions in ahead of the 2023/24 campaign with a rich history of academy and club basketball under her belt. In her last season in the WNBL Division 1, the 5’8 guard averaged 19-points in 23-games for Team Solent Kestrels. Endean, however, is more than just a scorer. During that same season, Faye averaged 7.2 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Endean’s talent and effort didn’t go unnoticed either, as she won awards for being the 2022/23 WNBL Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and 2023 playoff final Most Valuable Player. On top of this, she was also named in the WNBL Team of the Year and WNBL All-British Team.
Gustafson joined the Lions as a proven scorer in both the States and Europe. The Wisconsin-born centre spent four years at Iowa, averaging 27.8 points and 13.4 rebounds in her final season. Her time in college was saturated with accolades as she tied the single season NCAA record for 33 double-doubles (33) whilst breaking the record for field goals made (412). The 6’4 talent was named as the Big Ten Conference Women’s Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 whilst also being gifted a range of other awards. The Hawkeyes product also picked up the Naismith Trophy in 2019 and saw her no.10 jersey retired – becoming just the second-ever woman to achieve this In 2019, Gustafson was selected by the Dallas Wings with the 17th pick in the WNBA Draft. She went on to play for the Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury before having a dominant stint in Europe. Before joining the Lions, Megan averaged 22.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in the EuroLeague for Greek club, Olympiacos.
Wilkinson was added to the Lions roster in June 2023, coming off the back of six seasons playing NCAA Division 1 basketball. The GB international previously played for Barking Abbey up until her move to the States in 2017. In her last WBBL season, the then 17-year-old averaged an impressive 15.4 points along with 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals. The 6’0 forward now returns to the capital an even better player than she was when she left, having picked up pivotal experience with Florida State and SMU.
Temi was born in Baltimore, Maryland, before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of two. Fegbenle remained in London until the age of 15, where she relocated to the United States for high school and college. The 6’4 big attended Harvard from 2012 until 2016 before transferring to USC for her last year of college. In 2017, Temi was drafted into the WNBA in the third round by the Minnesota Lynx. Fagbenle later spent time playing in Poland, Turkey, Spain, Italy and Czech Republic before completing a move back to London in 2023. The GB captain brings heaps of experience to the Lions roster having played EuroLeague basketball with Praha in the 2022/23 season.
Just months before signing with the Lions, Meyers was drafted by the Dallas Wings with the 11th pick in the 2023 WNBA draft. As Abby entered the league with five years of college experience under her belt, the 2022 Ivy League Player of the Year looked set to be a great edition to the league. Meyers was waived by Dallas and shortly after signed for the Washington Mystics where the 6’0 guard played nine games. On August 1st, the American international officially made her move to the English capital in the hunt for more success – this time with the Lions.
The former junior GB international joined the Lions ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, providing extra talent towards the centre position. Maya had previously spent a season in the WBBL playing for the Newcastle Eagles, before making a switch across the pond where she represented NCAA Division 2 side, Eckerd College. For two straight seasons, Price was named in the All-Sunshine State Conference First Team whilst also being recognised as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year in 2022. She finished that same campaign with an impressive average of 14.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
The American-Brit relocated to London in 2023 following an impressive career in the WNBA and Europe. The free-scoring guard left Stanford University by scoring the school’s third highest amount of three-pointers (249). Her first professional season was then partially spent in Italy’s Serie A, before returning to her native California to study and become an assistant coach for the Vanguard Lions. Samuelson made her WNBA debut in 2018 against the Minnesota Lynx. Karlie then signed for BC Castors Braine in the 2018-19 off-season – becoming a Belgian National League champion whilst also picking up valuable EuroLeague experience. The guard relocated back and forth between Europe and America, picking up two Spanish league titles and two cup trophies in the process. Following her most recent campaign with the Los Angeles Sparks, she joins a very talented Lions roster that is itching to achieve and push boundaries.