Ovie Soko has admitted he quit the BBL for France to avoid stagnation.

The Great Britain forward has signed for Le Mans for next season following a year at London Lions.

However Soko revealed he was not getting “fulfilment out of competing at a level” that challenged him in the British Basketball League, repeating his insistence in a recent appearance on the MVP Cast that only his stints in a GB jersey lifted him up.

“The last international window with ‘GB’ in February was a real eye-opener for me,” he told SkySports.com.

“We went to Montenegro and then we came home to play in front of a great crowd in Newcastle and playing in those two environments sort of re-opened my eyes.

When we came out the tunnel in Montenegro it was a packed stadium and the European fans made it feel like a football crowd inside an arena. Everything about the whole environment just really threw me back into almost the level I had been playing at before.

“My first thought was, ‘oh man, I really missed this’. It almost sent a jolt through my body. Playing against guys that are playing at a high level held me accountable just by their skill levels. And I really enjoyed it. It gave me a real boost. That was a big moment for me this year.”

Listen to the MVP Cast here.

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