Lions Add Two More to 2016-17 Roster
Men’s basketball adds Kelvin Amayo and Erik Johansson to roster for 2016-17 season
LOS ANGELES - LMU Head Coach Mike Dunlap announced on Tuesday that the Lions have added two more the roster for the 2016-17, adding freshman Erik Johansson and graduate senior Kelvin Amayo for the upcoming season. Both have arrived on campus and will be eligible for the start of the season in November.
Amayo was granted a sixth year of eligibility in transferring from Iona. He earned his degree in Criminal Justice this summer and he was awarded an extension of his eligibility this fall. He is in the Master’s of Education program at LMU. As for Johansson, he is the second newcomer from Sweden, joining the Lions after playing for the Swedish team, Sodertalje Kings.
“We are very excited to round out our roster for the upcoming season with Kelvin and Erik. They are both older players that have a wide range of experience,” said Dunlap. “Kelvin is a very big, athletic guard and has worked very hard to put himself in the position to play for us this season. Erik has played for the Swedish national team and has played against so of the best international players.”
Amayo, 24, played four games for Iona before suffering a season-ending as a junior at Iona in 2014-15. He had knee surgery prior to 2015-16, seeking a medical redshirt and a waiver to extend his eligibility, which he was granted. He started his college career at Marshall in January of 2012, playing in three games before electing to transfer to Iona. He sat out 2013-14 due to transfer rules.
“Kelvin has dedicated himself to overcoming his hardships and with that experience will be in a position to lead by example,” said Dunlap. “He has always been known as an incredible athlete and we have been really impressed with his work ethic.”
In his final season as a scholastic athlete, he played for NIA School in Newark, NJ. He averaged 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and a couple of steals in leading NIA to a 26-7 record and a No. 6 national ranking among the country's prep schools. He was named a Newark Star-Ledger First -eam All-Prep selection for his efforts. He also attended St. Benedict's Prep and averaged 13 points, five assists and four rebounds in 2008-09. He had a triple double (15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) and was part of a team that finished the season No. 7 in the final USA Today Super 25 boys basketball rankings.
Johansson, who has been playing for the Södertälje Kings, was a member of three Swedish League championships. Played in 66 games, averaging over six minutes and two points per game while playing in the top league in Sweden.
Johansson, 20, has been playing in the Sweden national program since 2011, when he started with the U16 team. In his most recent international experience, he played in the 2016 FIBA Europe Cup for the senior national team, scoring just under two points with a rebound. He also played for the senior national team in the 2015 FIBA Europe Cup, playing in four games.
“Erik has had the opportunity to play for the Sweden national team program for over five years, taking on some of the best players in Europe in that time span,” said Dunlap. “He is an older player that will add even more experience to our program.”
At the 2016 U20 European Championships, he played in seven games while averaging over 25 minutes and eight points per contest. He finished the tournament hitting over 55 percent from the field. In 2015, he averaged 6.8 points and 1.6 rebounds for the U20 team. In the same tournament in 2014 for the U18 team, he averaged 10 points and 2.6 rebounds and in 2014 he averaged 4.1 points and three rebounds. He first joined the U18 team in 2013, averaging 4.1 points and three rebounds.
He began with the Swedish national team as a member of the U16 team in 2011 and 2012, averaging 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 2011 and then 13 points and 5.3 rebounds in 2012.
The Lions will play their first game on Friday, Nov. 4 in an exhibition against Sonoma State at 7 pm, and then will open the regular season against Vanguard on Friday, Nov. 11, also at 7 pm. Both games will be at Gersten Pavilion.
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