Casa Amor returned to Love Island in 2019 and welcomed professional basketball player Ovie Soko as one of the 12 new Islanders. Ovie will be hoping to find his perfect match in Casa Amor and has already set his sights on Anna Vakili, despite her being coupled up with Jordan Hames. Before he entered the Love Island villa, Ovie spoke to ITV about his basketball career, from which teams he’s played for to the sacrifices he made for his dream job.
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Ovie discusses his basketball career with Anna Vakili when he enters Casa Amor.
Anna and Ovie get to know one another on Friday’s episode (June 28) and he tells her: “I’m at the height of my career at the moment but as I get older stuff changes,
“Different stuff matters to you more… You are definitely my type on paper.”
ITV also spoke with Ovie before his entrance and he said: “I adapt very well to everything – I left home at 16 to chase my dreams as a basketball player,
“Since then have lived in six different countries and come across different people and cultures.”
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Ovie also explained how his career affects his love life.
The Casa Amor new boy said: “Because I’m a basketball player, my schedule is strict with regards to time so girls tend to creep in my DMs at times.
“I have crept into the DMs before. I rarely meet people at the club but maybe at a bar, in a more calm environment where you can still have a conversation,
“That’s something as I’m getting older and growing up that I’m valuing much more. I see having a mental connection as very attractive.”
The Love Island star’s basketball career has also seen him represent Great Britain professionally.
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At club level, Ovie’s first professional club came in France for Boulazac Basket Dordogne.
The Casa Amor newcomer landed a contract in France in 2014 but only stayed for one year.
Ovie moved on to Trikala Aries in 2015 – a team situated in Greece.
Again, he only stayed for a year before moving to Italy to play for New Basket Brindisi in 2016.
The same year, Ovie moved on again, signing with Spanish basketball team CB Murcia.
Ovie did try to break into the NBA in the USA back in 2014 but was, unfortunately, left as an unselected draft pick.
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Whether romance will be on the cards for Ovie in Casa Amor will be determined in the coming days.
He joins the Love Island cast as one of 12 new faces.
The rest of the full Cast Amor line-up consists of:
- Lavena Back, 23
- Nabila Badda, 29
- Joanna Chimonindes, 22
- Belle Hassan, 21
- Jourdan Riane, 24
- Maria Wild, 22
- Stevie Bradley, 21
- Marvin Brooks, 29
- Dennon Lewis, 22
- George Rains, 22
- Dan Rose, 21
Love Island 2019 continues at 9pm on ITV2 every weeknight and Sundays.