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River Lions add American forward playing in Italy

He has also spent time in the NBA G-League
Louden Love is set to join the CEBL's Niagara River Lions.

The Niagara River Lions announced today the signing of 26 year-old American, Loudon Love. The 6’8 forward from Geneva, Illinois is currently playing in Italy for Victoria Libertas Pesaro of the Lega Basket (LBA) where he is averaging 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.8 minutes per game over his first four games.  

“Loudon will be an excellent addition to our team this year,” said Head Coach and General Manager, Victor Raso. “He can anchor a defense, he is capable of impacting the game offensively in a variety of ways, but most importantly he comes to us as a high character person who will be a great teammate. I look forward to coaching Loudon this season!”

Prior to his professional career, Loudon spent four years at Wright State University where he played Division 1 basketball in the Horizon League while earning a Business Management degree. As a member of the Raiders, Loudon averaged 15.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 119 games played. During the 2020-2021 season, Loudon ranked among the top 10 in the Horizon League in scoring (16.6 per game, 7th), rebounding (10.1 per game, 2nd), blocked shots (1.3 per game, 2nd) and field goal percentage (56.4 per cent, 3rd) earning him his second consecutive Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award.

Following his collegiate career, Loudon signed with the Texas Legends of the NBA G-League where the team went 19-15 earning the Legends a 5th place finish and a playoff spot. Loudon made his mark with strong performances averaging 8.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and shooting 54.3 per cent during the Legends season in a meaningful 23.6 minutes per game. 

In his most recent G-League season with the Memphis Hustle, Loudon saw an increased role playing in 43 games while putting up 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game shooting 53.8 per cent from the field.

“I am definitely looking forward to this new experience,” said Love. “I have never played in the CEBL, but I know it’s one of the most competitive summer leagues there is! I also look forward to getting more and more familiar with FIBA style play while also developing individually. I will get to reconnect with an old teammate in Nate Cayo, and I’m also excited to create new bonds along the way. Overall I think this opportunity will be very fruitful.”