Ovie Soko

Ovie Soko (born 7 February 1991)[1] is a British professional basketball player who plays for the London Lions in the British Basketball League (BBL). Soko played college basketball for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Duquesne University. He entered the 2014 NBA draft but he was not selected in the draft's two rounds. Soko is of Nigerian heritage on both his paternal and maternal sides.

Ovie Soko
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Soko in action with Aries Trikala in 2016
No. 00 – London Lions
PositionSmall forward
LeagueBBL
Personal information
Born (1991-02-07) 7 February 1991 (age 29)
Worcester Park, England
NationalityBritish
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school
College
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2015Boulazac Dordogne
2015–2016Trikala Aries
2016Enel Brindisi
2016–2019Murcia
2019–presentLondon Lions
Career highlights and awards

In 2019, he joined the fifth series of British reality show Love Island.[2] He placed third in the show.

High school careerEdit

Soko attended at the Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia where he averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game during his lone season. He led the team field goal percentage (60%) and lead the Bruins to a 23-4 overall mark and district championship (16-2) as a senior As a junior, Soko played at Hampton Roads Academy where he averaged 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

College careerEdit

UABEdit

In his freshman season at UAB, Soko played in 28 games with six starts as a true freshman. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.9 rebounds.

In his sophomore season, Soko played in 30 games with 29 starts being one of UAB's most improved players, averaging 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He ranked second on the team in rebounding, field goal percentage (.505) and blocked shots (26) and closed the year by averaging 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 59.0 percent from the floor (33-of-56) over the Blazers final eight games.

In his junior season, he played in 30 games with 24 starts, averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and led the team with 28 steals tied for second with 51 assists. He also changed from jersey number 32 to number 0 prior to the season.

DuquesneEdit

In his senior season, Soko transferred to Duquesne where he started in all 30 games averaging a team-high 18.4 and 8.0 rebounds per game. He became the first Duquesne player since Bryant McAllister (19.7 ppg. in 2006) and seventh player in Duquesne history to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.4 ppg.). He was the only Atlantic 10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring and rebounding as well as the only forward ranked among the Atlantic 10's top 12 scorers.[3]

Professional careerEdit

BoulazacEdit

Soko went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. On 2 August 2014 he signed a one-year deal with Boulazac Dordogneof the LNB Pro B.[4]

Aries TrikalaEdit

On 24 August 2015 he signed with Aries Trikala of Greece for the 2015–16 season.[5] He appeared in 19 games for Aries Trikala, averaging 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game. On 10 April he signed a one-month deal with Enel Brindisi of the Serie A.[6]

MurciaEdit

On 5 August 2016 Soko joined UCAM Murcia of the Liga ACB.[7] During the season, he averaged 6300000 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. On 1 July 2017 he renewed his contract for another season with Murcia.[8] With Murcia, Soko played at the Champions League where he averaged 13 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, and he was named to the Basketball Champions League Star Lineup.[9] On 11 July 2018 Soko re-signed with UCAM Murcia of the Liga ACB.[10]

London LionsEdit

On 20 November 2019 Soko signed with London Lions.[11]

Love IslandEdit

Soko entered fifth series of British reality show Love Island.[2] Soko went on to finish in third place with India Reynolds.

ModellingEdit

Ovie announced on 26 August 2019 that he is partnering with ASOS.com along with his father, Raymond Soko, for an upcoming collection.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ovie Soko Basketball Player Profile, Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB, Duquesne, News, Liga Endesa stats, Career, Games Logs, Best, Awards - eurobasket". Eurobasket LLC.
  2. ^ a b "Who is Ovie Soko?". 5 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Ovie Soko College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "Ovie Soko signs with Boulazac".
  5. ^ "Ovie Soko signs with Trikala".
  6. ^ "Enel Brindisi lands Ovie Soko".
  7. ^ "UCAM Murcia signs up British prospect Ovie Soko". 5 August 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Ovie Soko Re-Signs with Murcia for 2017-18". 2 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Ovie Soko Earns Place on Basketball Champions League All-First Team". 2 July 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  10. ^ "ACB.COM - Ovie Soko seguirá dando músculo a los Tercios del UCAM Murcia CB". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Love Island's Ovie Soko signs for London Lions". 20 November 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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