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ST. CATHARINES, ON – The Niagara River Lions are thrilled to announce that Canadian small forward/shooting guard Mangisto Arop has signed with the team.
Arop has carved a name for himself in the sport, competing across the globe as a professional and as an amateur, and graduated from the NCAA after playing for two successful programs.
In 2014, Arop began his professional basketball career in the Swedish Basketbaligan competing for the Norkopping Dolphinns. There, he posted a 53.1 percentage from the two-point mark and averaged 9 points per game in 21 minutes of play. The following year he spent time in Germany, playing for Finke Baskets Paderborn of the ProA league.
Beginning his NCAA career at Gonzaga University, Arop made the West Coast Conference Tournament both of his years with the Bulldogs, becoming a finalist in 2010 before winning the tournament in 2011. He then transferred to Indiana State University where he averaged 11 points per game for the Sycamores, posting 4.8 rebounds and making 45.6 percent of his shots from the floor. With Indiana State, he was a Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament team selection and a regular season All-Conference honourable mention.
“Manny has a very extensive basketball resume. He has represented Canada internationally at the U18-U19 levels as well as at the world university games, and was a very productive college player at two well respected D1 programs,” said Head Coach Grâce Lokole. “To add to that he has played in Sweden and Germany's top divisions. Manny brings poise and versatility to our roster, he can defend multiple positions score efficiently inside and out and is a great team guy.”
Born in Sudan, Arop moved to Canada at a young age and flourished in basketball, playing on four Canadian national teams (the Canadian University National Team, Junior National Team, U-19 and U-18 National Teams). Arop was also named to the U-19 All World Championships as an honourable mention. To further add, Manny played at the Canada Basketball’s National Elite Development Program during his time in Hamilton.
“We have another national and top-level talent in Manny Arop which is great news for both the River Lions and the NBLC. He’ll be an important piece for us this season as he’s an excellent player from multiple guarding positions that can adapt across the floor,” said President and General Manager Jeffrey Sotiriou.
Arop joins Mike Allison and Richard Amardi as the Canadian athletes to have been signed by the River Lions thus far. Stay posted to the River Lions social media and website to learn more about other signings, season tickets and more as their season quickly approaches!