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ST. CATHARINES, ON – The Niagara River Lions have announced guard Marcus Lewis as the latest player to join the roster. Lewis will be looking to electrify the crowds at the Meridian Centre this season as he makes his return to the Garden City.
Last season – in his professional league debut – Lewis added to the River Lions offensive effort averaging 9.9 points per game while posting an average of 2.3 rebounds in 23.6 minutes. A well-rounded player, his hustle on the court was a decisive factor in his signing.
“Marcus is a very talented player who impacts the game on both sides of the ball. He is an effective finisher around the rim and his willingness to take the next step to become to an elite perimeter defender is what impacted our decision to bring Marcus back,” said Head Coach Grâce Lokole.
Lewis has great expectations for the returning River Lions after showing serious potential last season.
“After keeping in contact with Grâce about his plans for the team and what he needs from me in order for us to be one of the heavy-hitters in the league this season, it felt like the right decision for me”. He continued to add, “I really enjoyed my time here last season between the fan support and the management of the team going out of their way to make us feel comfortable and a part of the family. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the best fans in the NBL and I can’t wait to get back to work!”
The Streamwood, IL born athlete played college ball for Eastern Kentucky University, putting up 9.8 points per game for the Colonels. In 2014, Lewis soared to the forefront of collegiate basketball when he showcased his dunking talents in the NCAA Division I Slam Dunk Contest, ultimately winning the title after throwing down some the night’s more physically impressive dunks. That same year, he and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Thus far the River Lions have assembled a strong core of players who each bring a unique flare to their game on the court. Lewis will add a solid presence this campaign to a growing and diverse sophomore River Lions team.