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ST. CATHARINES, ON – Former London Lightning star Tyshawn Patterson has made the decision to play for the Niagara River Lions, the team announced today. The young guard comes to Niagara after playing the 2015-16 season with the Lightning.
Patterson – a 6-foot-1 Orlando, FL native – began his professional basketball career last year for the Lightning where he managed to post 12.7 points per game, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 20.6 minutes of action. In his 46 appearances, Patterson shot 44.2 percent from the field, 34 percent from the three-point range and 78 percent (115-146) from the foul line.
“Tyshawn is one of the best guards in the league. On the court he is going to bring good energy, scoring ability and an ability to put pressure on the defense,” said Head Coach Grâce Lokole. “We look for him to help us improve as a better perimeter and free throw shooting team. Off the court, Tyshawn is a great teammate, a high character guy and will immediately be a fan favourite”.
Patterson played one season with North Greenville University after starting his college career at Stetson University. As a freshman for the Hatters during the 2008-09 season, he averaged 8.4 points per game and was 55-for-78 at the free throw line. His senior year at North Greenville, Patterson averaged a school record 23.8 points per game, shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 30.7 percent beyond the arc. That year Patterson was selected to the 2013 Conference Carolinas Second Team All-Conference.
The River Lions look forward to having a new, but familiar face join the team who possesses all of the assets needed to better impact the game.
“Tyshawn is a great talent whose strengths are well-suited for our team,” commented River Lions President Jeffrey Sotiriou. “We envision him as a valuable all-around contributor who will add something special to the mix this year through his high energy and athleticism”.
“I believe as a competitor it should always be your goal to become a champion at whatever you do,” said Patterson. “Being one game away from winning a championship last season still bothers me and I feel as if I have unfinished business regardless the change of organization. I’m excited with this decision to be a River Lion!”