Ojo supports Marriott as Cyprus deal is secured
Former Plymouth Raiders guard Michael Ojo has sealed a late off-season move to Cypriot club Apollon.
The 24-year-old American, who has dual British nationality through his mother, spent the past two campaigns at Raiders. He joined the BBL club straight out of college.
Ojo led Raiders in scoring last season, averaging 22.5 points per game and shot a deadly 44 per cent from the three-point arc.
The season in Cyprus has yet to start. Ojo revealed: "Our first pre-season game is on Wednesday.
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"Our schedule has yet to be released but I believe our first actual game is around the beginning of November."
Ojo, who was a terrific defender, scorer and competitor in his time at Raiders, added: "I picked Apollon because I felt like I would have a good chance to contribute and continue to improve as a player."
Ojo lives in Los Angeles, California, and was out of contract this summer. He was always on one-year deals during his time with Raiders.
Ojo has agreed another 12-month contract with his new employers and it is conceivable he could play again in the BBL in the future.
What does he expect in another country and another league this season?
"The language barrier hasn't been much of an issue so far," he said. "Everyone I've encountered speaks English. The accents are interesting, though."
He added: "I'm excited to experience a different culture and lifestyle, and I'm very happy about the weather. Just a bit different from Plymouth!
"From what I know of the league, it's very competitive. I'm not too sure of the style of basketball yet. I've been brought in as a combo guard. I'll be playing a lot of the point, which will be good for my growth as a player and will hopefully help show people I can do more than score."
Ojo was asked what he thought of the coaching change at Raiders last month when Gavin Love was axed and Jay Marriott appointed.
He said: "I think Gavin was placed in some tough situations. Ultimately, the club decided to go in a different direction, which is unfortunate. But Jay is more than capable of leading the Raiders to a successful season.
"He has built a really strong core of guards. Hopefully they'll be able to bring home some silverware."
Ojo's natural successor on the Raiders' rebuilt 2013-14 roster is Donald Robinson, recruited from BBL rivals Glasgow Rocks this summer.
Plymouth Marjon pulled off a dramatic cup-tie victory over opponents two leagues above them at the weekend.
The National Division Three side defeated Division One team Worthing Thunder to unexpectedly put themselves in the mix for the third round of the National Cup.
Worthing were favourites to beat Marjon, even on the college side's own court. But Marjon tied the game 58-58 after normal time and saw off their Sussex visitors 67-64 in overtime.