Dublin Lions bid farewell to Kevin Anyanwu as he heads Stateside
September 11, 2017
In the first of our new series focusing on Irish players who are making waves overseas, we chat to Dublin Lions player Kevin Anyanwu just a few days before he heads to America to follow his basketball dreams.
“We don’t see it as losing anybody, but that they’re going on to better things”
It’s an exciting time in Clondalkin based club Dublin Lions this week as they prepare to send a third player Stateside.
Kevin Anyanwu will head to Boston, Massachusetts, on September 19th to start with the Redemption Christian Academy. He is following in the footsteps of his former teammates Aidan Harris Igiehon and Max Amadasun and is looking forward to the new challenge.
“The dream is to stay over there and play professional," the 16-year-old, who has been playing basketball since the age of seven, explained.
“My family are really happy, I always wanted to go to the States. I said it to my mom when I was in sixth class, so she told me to wait and see what happens and I finally got it!" he added.
Dublin Lions coach Rob White, reflected on what has truly been a very successful few years for the club.
“Aidan set the bar for us, and then Max did a great job last year, but Kevin is the first guard from here to be going over so we are very excited for that. It’s nice to have the 6’10 guys over there, but to have a 6’1 guy go over there is quite an achievement too. For the younger kids it’s great as the 6’10 guys are few and far between, so to have someone like Kevin who the kids know and are close to is great for them. We’re very proud of them as a club.
"It is for the best interests of the kids," he continued, reflecting on the players leaving for the States and its impact on the club. "I don’t think we could give Kevin much more, we couldn’t give Max much more, or Aidan. They come to a certain level where they need better coaching and better systems, and hopefully they all go professional, but if they don’t, they might all come back to us one day – we don’t think about it as we’re losing anybody, we see it as they’re going on to better things, and it gives somebody else an opportunity here, someone who might not have got the court time before."
Photographs via FT Productions
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