Zurich is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe and Antowine Lamb is enjoying every moment of the latest stop in his career.
Lamb, a Highland Park High School and McPherson College graduate, is in his first season playing professional basketball in the Switzerland city known as the “gateway to the Alps.”
“From the moment I got here it has been great,” Lamb said.
Lamb, 26, joined the BCKE Wallabies in January and has played seven games with his new squad, which plays in the second division of the top Swiss league, the Ligue Nationale de Basket.
“Everyone is very accepting of me and trust me, automatically I became one of their go-to guys,” Lamb said. “We just don’t go to practice and see each other, but also hang out outside of practice.”
The 6-foot-8 forward has shined on the court averaging 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks a game. He has two 30-point games including a 30-point, 15-rebound outing in his last game.
“I just play my role that they needed, but with my flavor,” Lamb said.
Off the court Lamb has been enjoying the Swiss culture and scenery.
“I have been eating a lot of Swiss traditional food and other cultural foods, walking around the city looking at the many shops, seeing the city from different viewpoints, and going around the giant lake here,” Lamb said. “I will soon go to the Swiss Alps and try some skiing and snowboarding and still need to find some time to go to the museum and try to catch an opera.”
Zurich provides a contrasting experience than Lamb’s first team as a professional when he played in Nicaragua for Tigres de Managua.
“It’s very clean here and safe,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about looking over my shoulder every 30 seconds while walking down the street at night. Also, it’s an expensive country. There are so many different cultures here it’s like a mini America.”
The food scene in Zurich has also been something Lamb has enjoyed.
“So far it’s Thai food and not the store bought or restaurant stuff, I mean the real deal stuff that you watch someone make in the house,” Lamb said. “Another favorite is raclette. It’s like you melt the raclette cheese over anything prepared; mushrooms, pineapples, meat, or whatever else.”
Seeing other parts of Switzerland when traveling for away games has also provided Lamb with unique experiences.
“I’m enjoying it a lot,” he said. “I haven’t just been in Zurich the whole time because we travel and when we do I see so many beautiful things and these are buildings or structures that I used to only see on TV and now I’m here, so I’m taking it all in and loving it.
Sometimes he can’t believe where he’s at.
“Definitely surreal at times especially when I first got here. I woke up one day and forgot where I was and got scared,” he laughed.
Lamb graduated from Highland Park in 2006 averaging 6.0 points and 8.7 rebounds for the state runners-up as a senior. He then played at Barton County Community College before finishing his collegiate career at McPherson averaging 10.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a game as a senior.
He was never the best or even second-best player on his team in high school and didn’t go to a big college, but he continued to improve and his hard work has paid off.
Lamb’s advice to high school players:
“Again always put God first and have faith. Work hard for what you want because the moment you slack off you will see your opportunity going to that person that wasn’t slacking off that was in the gym when others weren’t.”
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