After appearing on ITV’s smash-hit dating series, Love Island, Ovie Soko quickly became the fan favourite. He won over not just the ladies of Casa Amor, but the whole nation!
The 6ft 7 professional basketball player was initially coupled up with Anna Vakili, although he lost her on return to the villa to her former partner on the show, Jordan Hames. But all was not lost, as Ovie found the right girl in India Reynolds. Sadly, they have now parted ways.
But things are looking up for Ovie, with his pro b-ball career about to take off again.
Here’s everything you need to know about Ovie’s basketball salary and his true net worth in 2019.
Who is Okie Soko?
Ovie is a professional basketball player from England.
The 28-year-old learnt his trade in the USA, playing basketball at the University of Alabama. Following graduation, he was almost drafted for the 2014 NBA season but narrowly missed out.
While Ovie may have never been LeBron James rich, drafting into the NBA would have earned him some serious dollar. The average player wage in the NBA ranges from £1-5 million per year.
To be fair, if Ovie made the NBA cut, there’s no way he would have ended up on Love Island!
Ovie reacts to the headline challenge
Ovie’s salary came into question during episode 50 when the crew were playing a tense Headline Challenge game.
The 6ft 7 giant was visibly upset by the fact a newspaper headline read that India Reynolds was only with him “for the money”.
Ovie explained that the headline hit home hard because it was something he had experienced before:
Cos’ I’m an athlete women have come after me for my money. To have money bruv, it’s lonely as f***.
Later, Ovie sat down for a chat with Amber and added: “Today’s challenge threw me out. It triggered something for me, its a lot deeper than people would realise.”
As a basketball player, 90% of the things I wouldn’t change about my job for the world. But the only thing I would change is just the fact that people use you a lot.”
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Ovie Soko: Salary
Having narrowly missed out on the glamorous world of American basketball, Ovie moved to France to play the sport he loves. He then moved onto Greece before winding up in Spain, where he has played in the country’s top division since 2017.
The 6ft 7 giant has faced the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona and was named in the European Basketball Champions League Star Lineup in 2017.
It’s believed that his direct salary from basketball alone is in the region of £100,000-£200,000 – if not more!
However, this is before sponsorship deals, modelling (which Ovie does on Instagram), fees for playing for Great Britain and now, Love Island fame.
Spain is one of the top-paying Europeans leagues with Real Madrid star Sergio Llull earning in the region of £1.5 million per year.
Ovie signs with the London Lions
On November 20th, 2019, the London Lions announced that Ovie Soko had signed with them. His first game will be against Glasgow Rocks at the Copper Box Arena on December 8th.
Now Ovie has joined the Lions, he will be in the British Basketball League, where the players (apart from the top two on each team) are capped at £200,000 per year.
Ovie is a high-profile recruit, so we can assume that his pay will be at the upper end of this salary.
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Ovie Soko: Net Worth
The Tab claim that Ovie’s net worth could be $35 million US dollars although this is ridiculously way off the marker considering the 28-year-old was not named in the EuroHoops top 100 European players of 2018/2019.
Sergio Llull, who was ranked number 2 on the list, had a net worth of $18 million.
And, to put this into perspective, English international footballer and Manchester City superstar Raheem Sterling only has a net worth of £36 million – there is no way Ovie is anywhere near the value of an internationally-recognised football player!
Considering that Ovie has been playing pro basketball for the past five years and taking into account his brand partnership with ASOS, we would say that his net worth in 2019 is well into the millions but he is far from being a multi-millionaire.