At just under seven-feet Patson Siame looms large no matter the country.
From two different countries, Spain made them teammates for the first time, now both find themselves back in Spain with the Lions.
Two months ago, Joshua Spiers had left his home country of Australia. Since, it has been a whirlwind, including day five in Spain.
Playing internationally is nothing new for junior Marin Mornar as he and the Lions remain focused on one thing in Spain - basketball.
While fifth-year senior Ayodeji Egbeyemi has racked up 150,000 miles of travel, first-year freshman Devin Wyatt made his first ever trip east of Texas.
Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Playing together for the first time, the Lions overcame two double-digit deficits, different rules within the international game, differences in how officials call games, a gym with no air conditioning, foul trouble and playing 5,000 miles from home to earn a 90-85 victory in overtime.
The first day of travel to Spain for the LMU men's basketball team included an 11 hour flight, taking off from LAX at roughly 6 pm local time on Monday and landing in Spain on Tuesday at roughly 3 pm. That is nothing new for fifth year senior Ayodeji Egbeyemi, who is the first of 12 features during the Lions' trip abroad.
LMU men's basketball and their summer conditioning program is about strength in numbers, both in the types of training and in building team unity. LMU Sports Network takes in an inside look at the Lions' training this summer.
LMU men's basketball was on the road for a month and returned home this week for the first time since Nov. 17. In addition to home games, the Lions were able to get back to action in the community as well, with the community outreach program LMU Cares picking back up on Monday at Franklin D. Parent School in Inglewood.
LMU Athletics at the 2014 Alumni BBQ
Day 10 for LMU men's basketball in Barcelona Spain, a 97-52 win for the Lions over mixed Barcelona team.
LMU's ninth day in spain featured a trip to Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona.
Game three for LMU's 2014 Spain Tour, a 97-75 win over a mixed all-star team from Barcelona, Spain.
A big in an Itty Bitty Living Space. The Lions make the move to Barcelona.
BRIEFLY...Ayodeji Egbeyemi is in his fifth and final season of collegiate basketball at LMU in 20114-15... served a medical redshirt season in 2013-14 after suffering a hip injury in the eighth game of the season against UC Riverside (12/2/13)... earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration in May of 2014 and is currently working on is MBA with the LMU business program... a member of LMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the West Coast Conference liaison and the national liaison with the NCAA... played for Nigeria national program at the 2013 FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions' Cup in China over the Summer of 2013...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
IN 2012-13 JUNIOR... played and started every game for the Lions until suffering a groin injury that ended his season... finished playing/starting 25 games... finished averaging 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.64 blocks per game... hit 37 three-pointers before suffering injury against Pepperdine (2/14/13)... had 15 games with 10 or more points, including a pair of double-double games with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Long Beach St. (11/29/12) and 17 points and 11 rebounds against San Diego (2/4/13)... started season with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists in opener...
IN 2011-12 SOPHOMORE... Finished season averaging 4.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest... added 16 steals... played 41 minutes with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in overtime win at Idaho State (11/23/11)... has made 14 starts on the year... went for 10 points and six rebounds in win over Northern Arizona (11/26/11)... had nine points and four rebounds in win over No. 23 Saint Louis (11/29/11)... had seven points off the bench in 90-88 comeback win over San Francisco (2/4/12)... did not play in Lions' final four games of the season due to wrist surgery... played in 30 games and earned 14 starts.
IN 2010-11 FRESHMAN... played in 28 games, starting 13 as a true freshman... finished averaging 5.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists on the season... in conference play, ranked 12th hitting 35.7 percent from long range, finished the season overall hitting 32.1 percent... Played 13 minutes in first college game, scoring four points with two rebounds and an assist against Morgan State (11/12/10)... left the game against Rider (11/21/10) with knee injury, and sat out nearly three weeks... returned against Sacramento State (12/7/10) and played 11 minutes, hitting 3-of-4 free throws with two rebounds and a steal... earned first career start against Gonzaga (1/15/11), playing 27 minutes with nine points and a steal... earned third straight start and had a break-out game with 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, added a pair of assists, hitting 6-for-12 from the field against San Francisco (1/27/11)... held the WCC's leading scorer and nation's top three-pointer shooter, SCU's (2/24/11) Kevin Foster, to just 11 points on 4-for-18 shooting, 1-for-11 from the three-point line while forcing him into 10 turnovers. Played 47 of the 50 minutes in double overtime game. Scored six points with career-best five assists and five rebounds...
PRIOR TO LMU... Egbeyemi is from Lagos, Nigeria, and participated in a pair of NBA's Basketball Without Borders camps in Africa, earning MVP honors in 2008. He made his way to National Christian Academy (Washington D.C.) in October of that year, where he earned MVP honors in an east coast tournament. In the final 12 games of the season, he averaged 18.6 points in helping National Christian Academy to win the National Prep Basketball Championship. He was named preseason all-conference by the Washington Post for independent schools in the state of Maryland. In the summer of 2007 at just the age of 16, Egbeyemi played for the Nigeria U19 National Team at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Serbia...
PERSONAL... Ayodeji Egbeyemi was born in Lagos, Nigeria on July 16, 1990. He is the son of Jokotade and Niyi Egbeyemi. He has a brother and a sister. earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration in May of 2014 and is currently working on is MBA with the LMU business program.