Gran Canaria grabs power forward Ekperigin

Aug 09, 2011 by Print
Laurence Ekperigin moves to Gran Canaria (Photo: Canaria 2014 added to its frontcourt with the signing of power forward Laurence Ekperigin, who played last season in Korea and Italy. Ekperigin (2.02 meters, 23 years old) averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds in his professional debut for Mobis Phoebus in Korea before coming to Angelico Biella to finish the season. He posted 3.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games in the Italian League. Ekperigin enjoyed a standout college basketball career at Le Moyne College. He was named the 2008-09 Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and to the all-conference team in each of his last three seasons there. He averaged 21.6 points and 12.1 rebounds in his senior year. Ekperigin, whose mother is British, is also a candidate to represent Great Britain this summer at EuroBasket 2011.

"He is a young, athletic and very intense player. We liked him at the PIT [Portsmouth Invitational Tournament] two years ago and we believe he can help," Gran Canaria sporting director Himar Ojeda said.