DeAndre Liggins is trading in his cup of Joe for tea and crumpets*.
Wednesday morning the London Lions announced they have signed Liggins, who will begin play in the British Basketball League in September. The 32-year-old former Kentucky Wildcat most recently played professionally in Spain.
In the team’s announcement, you’ll notice something a little different in Liggins’ quote. “I am very excited to join such a winning and upcoming organisation. My competitive edge and winning mentality will certainly be effective immediately in the London Lions’ organisation, I’m excited and can’t wait.”
After helping Kentucky snap a 13-year Final Four drought in 2011, Liggins was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft with the 53rd overall pick. Over the next decade he bounced around between the Thunder, Mavs, Cavs, Pelicans and G-League, where he won a championship and was twice named Defensive Player of the Year.
*What the hell is a crumpet anyway? Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if crumpets actually weren’t a thing consumed by Britons at all, just an easy stereotype for dumb Americans to draw upon when they need a cheap laugh.