Andreas Lycoudis Graduates Into Men’s Team

For close to 25 years, the Arrows club have invested a great number of hours into the development of home grown talent with the vision of the senior men’s team being represented by products of the Arrows junior system.

This off season, another successful story of how a youngster came to the club to try his hand at the game of basketball has graduated to represent the Arrows at Senior Men National League level.

6’2 guard Andreas Lycoudis, first joined the Arrows as a 9 year old with raw talent and an ambition to play basketball at a high level. Lycoudis was known throughout his early years as a tough competitor as well as having an eye for scoring and an ability to handle the ball.

As Lycoudis matured as a teenager, his game soon followed suit. After solid progressions through his U13, U14 and U15 seasons, it was at around the age of 16 that Lycoudis burst onto the scene as one of the most promising guards the country has to offer in his age group.

The Dronfield guard began to contribute to the teams scoring considerably in his U18 seasons as well as becoming a leader and court general to the talent around him. In September 2014, Lycoudis found himself to be a regular in Andrew Purnell’s Division 2 Men’s team where he became more and more comfortable with the tempo of the senior game.

Upon his graduation from the Arrows junior programme, Lycoudis has received an unconditional offer to study a sports degree at Sheffield Hallam University and the Arrows are pleased to announce that the 18 year old will be continuing his basketball development with the Arrows for the 2015/16 season.

Head Coach Jonny Kelly, has been central to the development of Andreas Lycoudis as a junior and spoke of his pride in the talented guard. Kelly said,

“I am proud of what Andreas has achieved in his young basketball life so far. I know there are many steps from him to climb still, but I know he has the ability, drive and potential to go a long way. To coach him for another year will be fantastic.”

Andreas himself spoke of his delight at the opportunity to represent the club he has developed under for close on a decade. He told the Arrows website,

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to prove I can play at the men’s level as I have been doing for the past two years as a junior at the club. Playing at a high level with what looks to be a great team I am extremely excited to be a main part of the men’s team as men’s player at the club I love and have always played for, not to mention Jonny Kelly who has been my main coach since my first season as an U13 in National League. Great things to come, watch out!”

Lycoudis is set to make his first appearance as a senior player when the Arrows head to Sheffield Hallam Sharks in September to battle for a place in the second round of the National Cup.

 

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