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Ayodeji Egbeyemi

Ayodeji Egbeyemi

July 20, 2013

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LOS ANGELES- Senior Ayodeji Egbeyemi had the opportunity of a lifetime this month of July, playing for his home country of Nigeria in the 2013 FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions' Cup in China. He highlights a busy month for LMU men's basketball players getting a taste of basketball at the next level.

Egbeyemi was part of the NIgerian national team program that sent a team to play in the two tournament's at the Stankovic Cup. The first tournament was in Lanzhou, China and featured Australia, Argentina, China, Germany, Nigeria and Puerto Rico. The second tournament was in Guangzhou, China and saw Nigeria take third place with a win over Puerto Rico.

The Stanković Cup was started by from Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching, president of FIBA in 2005 and the purpose of the cup was to honor Serbian Borislav Stanković, FIBA Secretary General Emeritus, for his significant contribution to the world of basketball. Being the only Chinese president of the 28 International Sport Federations, Dr. Ching selected China as the host country for the Cup. The Cup is organized to promote basketball in that country and to provide an opportunity for the Chinese Men's National Team to compete with other national teams from all around the world at the highest level.

Lions' All-Access sat down with the senior to talk about his trip to China and playing with a Nigeria team that was mainly comprised of those who play on the professional level.

He wasn't the only one getting a taste of the next level, as Drew Viney ('12) made his second straight appearance in the NBA Summer League, playing for the hometown Los Angeles Lakers. Ashley Hamilton ('13) also earned a spot on the Summer League roster for the Sacramento Kings, but did not play.

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