Marshall Milton Keynes Lions today announced the re- signing of 6'9" Power forward / Centre, Mike New, and the return of 6'5" Captain Dru Spinks.
New, a graduate of New Mexico State University will enter his fourth year and second spell with the Lions after playing in Milton Keynes during the 2002-03 Basketball season.
Lions' Head Coach Vince Macaulay is ecstatic about the continued stay of a player whose influence extends far from the basketball court. "Mike is a work horse" said Macaulay, "He only knows how to give 100%, as our Academy Director he is the perfect man to influence the young men and women who enter the MK College Basketball Academy, whilst on court he lets the rest of the team know that they will have to give of their best"
New had a dual role as Assistant Coach with the Lions last season whilst combining the role of Academy Director. He averaged 13. points and 7 rebounds per game, shooting 87% from the free throw line and 51% from the field.
Macaulay added "Mike is a true professional, he and I felt there was some unfinished business from last season, we weren't happy with certain things and decided on one last go round, I am glad to have him back"
Spinks, already the Lion's longest serving player returns for season number 12. The former England International, lifted the club's first Trophy in 2008 and is keen to do the same this season. "I am convinced we let it slip by last season and enter this season with a real desire not only for myself but to keep my team mates on point. The club is growing fast and we need to match that on the court" said Spinks.
The forward played many positions for the Lions and last season, averaging 7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20 minutes of action, also shooting 84% at the free throw line. Macaulay added, "Dru does what it says on the tin – Hard nosed, blue collar worker and great defender – that's it, we can put him on practically any player and he will do a great job of slowing them down, this season is a big one for Dru and I am excited for him"
The Lions have already announced the acquisition of point guard EJ Harrison from the Guildford Heat as well as exciting forward, Dawud Morris. Robert Youngblood also returns and with the launch of the supporters club on the 12th September, fans can meet the players at the David Lloyd Health club who are hosting a Barbecue. Season tickets are now on sale and take up has been large following the announcement that the team will play at Middleton Hall from January. Details are available online at mklions.com.
The Lions are in action on the 18th of September against Team USA Select then the new BBL season starts on Friday September the 25th when the Worcester Wolves visit Bletchley Leisure Centre, fans are advised to take advantage of buying in advance for the best deals.
Information on all Lions' home games is available by calling 01908 512217
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Milton Keynes Lions – 01908 512217; BBL – 0870 445 0606
Milton Keynes Lions Official Website – mklions.com