Homecoming For Globetrotting Basketball Star
By James Thomson
Wednesday 09 Sep 2020 13:13:00
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Professional basketball star Theo Turner has been playing the sport around the world for eight years, prior to his Middlesbrough homecoming after signing for the ambitious Teesside Lions.

The opportunity to play in his home town, in front of family and friends was a strong factor in capturing the 7 foot centre who is still in his prime at just 26 years old.

The Middlesbrough born giant is regarded as the best player to come out of Teesside, having enjoyed a successful career not only at College and University level in the USA but also as a professional player in Germany as well as a stint in the BBL with Plymouth Raiders.

With a host of clubs plying for his signature Theo surprised the sporting world by signing with recently formed National League side Teesside Lions who play in Division Three.

Wanting to help the club achieve its ambitious plans was part of his decision but the opportunity to play for his home town was also a big influence.

The big news recently caught the attention of Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen who invited one of the tallest people in the country to his office to welcome the star home. Mayor Houchen, a fan of sport and the positive role it can play in the community, said:

“When I saw the article about Theo signing for Teesside Lions, I was genuinely pleased. I didn’t know of Theo until I read this news, but found it such a positive and energising story that a Giant of the game felt inspired to return home and be part of the ambitious plans at Teesside Lions.

“This echoes all the sentiments of our desire to promote Teesside and the Tees Valley as a great place to live, work and be entertained. Teesside is very much the place to be!”

Theo, from Ormesby, said “I am genuinely excited about being part of a great legacy at Teesside Lions. The fact I can do this in front of family and friends was a strong contributing factor in my decision to join the Lions and I am looking forward to helping the owner James (Thomson) and the club succeed.

“I have many friends and family who have never seen me play because my teams have been in the USA or Germany and I am looking forward to playing in front of them. It will be a proud and memorable experience for me.”

Teesside Lions play at the 1200 capacity Eston Leisure Centre and will open their season on 25th October. Tickets and information regarding the club can be found at www.TeessideLions.com

To view a video chat of Theo with Mayor Houchen & Lions owner James Thomson: https://youtu.be/ELM1f682ZFc

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