A UNIVERSITY of Worcester student will continue to juggle his degree studies alongside professional sport after earning a return to Worcester Wolves for a second season.

Dominic Ives is one of a number of university student athletes involved with British Basketball League club Wolves.

He will join the University of Worcester-owned side again for the upcoming 2017-2018 season which tips off later this month.

“I am looking forward to returning this upcoming season with my team-mates Ashton Khan and Alex Navajas as they were great last year,” said the 6ft 4in forward.

“I am also looking forward to working with the new players as I believe they will be great additions.”

Last season the 21-year-old, who is entering the third year of a sport and exercise science degree, played in several games for Wolves including a 126-97 win over Newcastle Eagles.

Ives captained both the university team and Wolves second team.

He began at Canterbury in the Elite Academy League before enrolling at university in 2015.

Wolves head coach Paul James said: “Dominic is a third-year student who has worked exceptionally hard this summer to get himself in the condition and shape needed to push for a spot on the Wolves BBL team roster.

“He is one of a number of student athletes at the university we are working with to take them to the next level of performance and Dominic has certainly earned his place on the squad.”

Wolves play their first friendly at Bristol Flyers on Saturday before returning to the University of Worcester Arena to play them on Monday.

Their final friendly is against Sheffield Sharks on Friday, September 22, ahead of the league opener at home to London Lions on Friday, September 29.