Ovie Soko

Ovie Soko has signed for Le Mans Sarthe Basket.

The Great Britain forward will leave London Lions to make the move to France’s top-tier Jeep League, where he was due to play last season before myriad doors opened with his appearance on ITV’s Love Island.

Soko said: “I can’t wait to help the team rediscover a winning culture. The Jeep Elite is a tough league but I think with this group, if we play together and for each other, we can achieve what we want. I am super excited and grateful for the opportunity.”

Meanwhile his GB team-mate Carl Wheatle has agreed a new two-year deal at Italian club Pistoia.

With a third season reportedly a player option, Wheatle will begin next term in Lega Due, the second tier.

“I decided to stay in Pistoia because here I immediately felt at home, not to mention the great trust that exists in me and the excellent relationship I have,” he said.

“Personally I had ups and downs [last season], but overall I grew and improved. I know that more responsibilities are waiting for me and I will have to be important for this club, putting all my qualities into play to help the team achieve victory.”

Jalen Hayes has re-signed for Cheshire Phoenix but Parker Jackson-Cartwright is joining French Pro B side Saint Quentin.

Meanwhile Leicester Riders guard Rema Lascelles has announced he has retired from professional basketball.

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