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Bristol Flyers and former England U18 guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye has signed with NCAA Division 1 school Bradley University on a full athletic scholarship for the 2015-16 season.
The 6’3″ combo guard, who will likely be involved with the GB U20s this summer, departs the UK after impressing with his play in the BBL this season to help lead the new franchise to the playoffs in their debut season.
“I decided to sign there because I believed it was the right school for myself to continue to get better every day and get a college degree,” Lautier-Ogunleye said when talking to Hoopsfix.
“I visited over the weekend with my mum, the campus and facilities were amazing! Bradley have a brand new coaching staff and Athletic Director and they are here to help change Bradley into one of the top mid majors in the country. And by being in the Missouri Valley Conference I will be playing against some of the best teams in college ball in Wichita State and Northern Iowa.”
Lautier-Ogunleye averaged 8.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists during 31 regular-season games, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from beyond the arc. In his last four games, Lautier-Ogunleye has averaged 13.3 points.
“What am most looking forward is playing under new Head Coach Brian Wardle,” Lautier-Ogunleye added.
“At his previous school, Green Bay Wisconsin, he actually coached one of my current team mates Bree Perine, but also helped produced multiple pros players in the NBA and in Europe. Also, I can’t wait to play in front of the Bradley Braves fans; Bradley had a tough season last year and still averaged 7,000 fans a game! I can’t wait to bring a winning culture back to Bradley and compete to make the NCAA tournament which is one of my life long dreams”
Lautier-Ogunleye, originally from London, moved to play for Bristol three seasons ago. He’s averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assist and 2.0 steals in the EABL this season, while leading SGS College to the number 1 seed in the South Conference as they prepare for the playoffs.
“In Dwayne, we got a strong, physical combo guard that can play with the ball in his hands and make plays,” Bradley new Head Coach, Wardle said.
“He can play the point guard, he can move off the ball and score and he’s definitely a play-maker on both ends of the floor. He’s also a very good shooter and he is shooting over 30 percent in a pro league from a further 3-point line. We feel he can come in and contribute right away and make shots for us.”
Bradley finished with a 9-24 overall record (3-15 conference) last season.
Hoopsfix wants to wish Dwayne all the best with his college career!