THE PERFORMANCE of one talented young star has earned special praise from Worcester Wolves director of basketball Paul James.
Disraeli Lufadeju came off the bench to score ten points and played his part in some key defensive sequences as Wolves denied reigning MVP Zaire Taylor a happy homecoming, beating London Lions 83-78.
The up-and-coming guard is one of several players studying at the University of Worcester which is part of a successful and ongoing partnership with the Wolves team.
“Disraeli Lufadeju had an outstanding game against Zaire Taylor in the second half,” said James.
“He kept him relatively quiet, scoring 10 points at the same time, and that’s what I mean about important contributions off the bench. I thought he did an outstanding job for us.
“He’s studying here at university. He’s one of the players who is just breaking through into the team now, he’s always had the talent and ability, it’s just a matter of transferring that onto the court into a game.
“Last week was a big game for us, coming off a loss we needed a response and he was one of the players who showed up and did that.”
Wolves’ partnership with the University of Worcester has developed more than twelve years.
“The partnership actually started when Worcester Wolves in were in England Basketball Division Four,” James added.
“It goes way back, it is not something that has just happened overnight, it has been years in the making.
“I would say the University of Worcester and the Worcester Wolves were the forerunners for this model and more than half are copying that model.”