“It was important for me to learn how the body works and about sports psychology so that I know how to prepare myself as an athlete. Studying at Bristol enabled me to make more informed decisions in preparation for my time on court. It helped me to maintain consistency, stay in a good frame of mind and keep healthy.”
“At Bradley, I’m really keen to learn about how things work in the background of businesses, and also what’s involved in marketing and financing events. I know that education can help support my career alongside basketball.”
The 6’3” combo guard had an outstanding season for the Flyers, posting up consistent minutes and setting the league a light with his play. Dwayne who has maintained his amateur status to help open the door to moves abroad, had created a name for himself and it wasn’t long before sides began to scout him from across the world.
“My mum was receiving calls at 3am in the morning with people from America wanting to speak to me. I had interest from a number of division one schools. In the end I had a chance to visit Bradley and I was just overwhelmed with the situation there. An important aspect is that I can see how I can grow.”
“We play against some big schools like Wichita State, Arizona Wildcats, and Ole Miss, the draw of testing myself against these and the set up at Bradley is a great fit for me.”
“Eventually I’d like to turn professional. When I look back on players like Jesse Chuku who went to play in the States from my time at Pioneers. There was a real buzz for him and it’s been a driver for me. It is going to be an incredible experience playing in front of 10,000 fans each week.”
Lautier-Ogunleye is currently on a training camp with the Under 20 Great Britain National Team as they prepare for the European Championships in Italy this July, after which, he’ll fly to America to start his new chapter.