Alex Owumi has agreed to extend his spell in the BBL after his return to Worcester Wolves was announced for the 2013-14 season.
Glad to be back with @bblwolves. The fans of worcester and coach James made it an easy decision for me. Looking forward to next season.
— Alex Owumi (@AlexQaddafisPG) June 5, 2013
The news will provide an early boost for Paul James and Wolves fans alike after seeing Owumi light up the league in his first season in the BBL. The 29 year-old finished the season as the 2nd highest points scorer in the league with 688 at an average of 19.7 points per game.
The Wolves star clocked over 1,000 minutes and recorded two 30 point hauls whilst adding seven double-doubles in that time. A lot of pressure was put on the shoulders of Owumi after the delayed arrival of Sherrad Prezzie-Blue meant a change in role for the versatile small forward.
“With the delay of Prezzie-Blue I knew that I would have to play a tremendous role on the team and I was ready for the challenge. I think I stepped up without him in the lineup and helped us to some solid wins.”
The fans certainly agreed and this was reflcted at the end-of-season awards when Owumi was rewarded with Worcester’s season MVP award, which he regarded as a ‘great accomplishment’.
Owumi said: “It meant a lot to be named Worcester’s MVP because the fans recognized my hard work on the court and I appreciate that.”
The American-Nigerian had nothing but praise for the support he received in Worcester and was an admirer of the league in his rookie BBL season.
“It was very easy to settle in Worcester. The city was so good to me and I felt at home there. I really love the fans because of the support they gave me on and off the court”
“The standard of the BBL was great! I thought the league was very professional and I had a good experience this past season.” added Owumi.
One thing lacking in Owumi’s debut BBL season was silverware but refused to let that ruin a positive campaign as a whole. Worcester are yet to win a trophy since joining the BBL in 2006 but have shown signs of intent in the past two seasons.
“I believe our team had the talent to win trophies this year. I was very disapointed that it didn’t happen but overall we had a good season.” said Owumi.
Worcester finished their league campaign in 5th after recording 20+ victories in a season for the second year running before bowing out to Surrey Heat in the play-offs. Their real agony came in the BBL Trophy semi-finals against the treble-winning Leicester Riders..
After an 82-73 home defeat in the first leg, Worcester battled back in the 2nd to take the aggregate lead in the final quarter before falling short despite Owumi’s 29 points helping them to a 68-66 victory on the night.
“Missing out on the chance to win the BBL Trophy this year was heartbreaking because we were so close. Leicester played a great semi-final and I can’t take anything away from them,” admitted Owumi.
A trophy will definitely be high on the agenda for Owumi next season and coach James will look to build a roster around his first signing to accomodate success.
Owumi has been on an unbelievable journey and has been able to find solace in basketball following an unsavoury ordeal in Libya. BBL fans can purchase Qaddafi’s Point Guard: The Incredible Story of a Professional Basketball Player Trapped in Libya’s Civil War from October.
My book will be available from October 1st in bookstores everywhere. It is available for pre-order on amazon.co.uk. I would love support from the BBL and the fans because it’s an inspirational and motivational story and it has a strong message that needs to get out to the world. I am thankful for the fans that have already pre-ordered it. (Alex Owumi)