The 25-year-old power forward joins coach Vince Macaulay’s team on a short-term deal having previously played in Turkey for Hacettepe following his graduation from the University of Washington.
The 6’9″ big-man started his career in the junior ranks with Brixton TopCats in his hometown of London, under legendary coach Jimmy Rogers, where he also played alongside GB team mates Ogo Adegboye, Justin Robinson and Eric Boateng.
After attending high school in Connecticut, he won a scholarship to play at the Huskies. Playing in NCAA Division I, he left the college as equal first in most games played (136), second in blocks (158) and 25th in point scored (1182). In his senior season, he was named the Pac-10 Conference’s Most Improved Player, First Team All-Pac-10 and was an Honourable Mention in the conference’s All-Defensive Team. He went undrafted despite work-outs with several NBA teams.
Bryan-Amaning has already made a guest appearance for the Lions this season when they hosted Iowa University in their first game at the Copper Box, and coach Macaulay is understandably delighted to have the GB player on his roster for Thursday’s home game against Worcester Wolves:
“We’re happy to have Matthew on board. He is the premier British baller of his generation.
“The Lions are the new home of London basketball, and it’s great to have eight of out ten players from London. The fans will love watching him play.”
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