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    Default Top Nigerian Players In NCAA - Ranked

    See more players at nigerian-basketball.blogspot.co.uk

    If there is anyone i missed can you please let me know.....when i have some free time, I will try and cover other African players.


    1.Trevor Mbakwe --- Minnesota --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Senior
    2.Noruwa Agho --- Columbia --- 6’3 --- Guard --- Senior
    3.Festus Ezeli --- Vanderbilt --- 6’11--- Centre --- Senior
    4.Alex Oriakhi --- Uconn --- 6’9 --- Forward --- Junior
    5.J.P. Olukemi --- Oklahoma State --- 6’6 --- Guard --- Junior
    6.Victor Oladipo --- Idiana --- 6’5 --- Guard --- Sophmore
    7.Duece Bello --- Baylor --- 6’4 --- Guard --- Freshman
    8.God's Gift Achiuwa --- St John --- 6’9 --- Forward --- Junior
    9.Talib Zanna -- - Pittsburgh --- 6’9 --- Forward --- Sophmore
    10.Olu Ashaolu --- Oregon --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Senior
    11.Kevin Olekaibe – Fresno State --- 6’1 --- Guard --- Sophomore


    12.Michael Eric – Temple --- 6’11 --- Centre --- Graduate Student
    13.Okaro White -- Florida State --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    14.Melvin Ejim – Iowa State --- 6’6 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    15.Chris Otule --- Marquette --- 6’11 --- Centre --- Junior
    16.Michael Gbinije --- Duke --- 6’7 --- Guard --- Freshman
    17.Mfon Udofia -- Georgia Tech --- 6’2 --- Guard --- Junior
    18.Nnanna Egwu – Illinois --- 6’11 --- Centre --- Freshman
    19.Maverick Ahanmisi – Minnesota --- 6’2 --- Guard --- Sophomore
    20.Victor Ojeleye --- Kansas State --- 6’6 --- Forward --- Senior


    21.Aron Nwakwo --- Pittsburgh --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    22.Moses Ayegba – Georgetown --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    23.Analy Okoloji – George Mason --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    24.Teddy Okereafor --- VCU --- 6’3 --- Guard --- Freshman
    25.Ehimen Orukpe --- Wichita State --- 7’0 --- Centre --- Junior
    26.Osamuede Egharevba --- Wichita State --- 6’6 --- Forward --- Freshman
    27.Ugo Okam --- Harvard --- 7’0 --- Centre --- Sophomore
    28.Ovie Soko – UAB --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    29.Yemi Makanjuola --- Tennessee --- 6’9 --- Centre --- Freshman
    30.Eso Akunne --- Michigan --- 6’3 --- Guard --- Junior


    31.Ike Nwamu --- Cleveland State --- 6’4 --- Guard --- Freshman
    32.Retin Obasohan --- Alabama --- 6’1 --- Guard --- Freshman
    33.Raphael Akpejiori --- Miami --- 6’10 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    34.Chukwuemeka Iroegbu --- Washington State --- 6’3 --- Guard --- Freshman
    35.Kodi Maduka --- Tulsa --- 6’10 --- Centre --- Sophomore
    36.Jamal Olasewere --- Long Island --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Junior
    37.Kenny Onyechi --- Long Island --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Junior
    38.Maurice Aniefiok --- Ole Miss --- 6’5 --- Guard --- Freshman
    39.Deji Ibitayo --- Akron --- 6’3 --- Guard --- Freshman
    40.Stephen Nwaukoni --- Hofstra --- 6'8 --- Forward --- Sophomore


    41.Francis Edosomwan --- East Carolina --- 6'4 --- Guard --- Freshman
    42.Dera Nd-Ezuma --- Rider --- 6'10 --- Centre --- Junior
    43.Bisi Latunde-Addey --- Coastal Carolina --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Junior
    44.Anthony Odunsi --- Utah --- 6’3 --- Guard --- Freshman
    45.Mogboluwaga Oginni --- Creighton --- 6'8 --- Forward --- Freshman
    46.Jordan Akwenuke --- Santa Clara --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Freshman
    47.Zach Chionuma --- Boston University --- 6’5 --- Guard --- Freshman
    48.Kris Obaseki --- Oral Roberts --- 6’9 --- Forward --- Freshman
    49.Jordan Omogbehin --- South Florida --- 7’3 --- Centre --- Freshman
    50.John Nwannunu --- NCA --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Junior

    51.Maxie Esho --- Massachussettes --- 6'8 --- Forward --- Freshman
    52.Ike Azotam --- Quinnipiac --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    52.Joe Efese --- Central Conneticut --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Junior
    53.Danny Agbelese --- Hampton – 6’8 --- Forward --- Senior
    54.Emmanuel Okoroba --- Hampton --- 6’8 --- Centre --- Red Shirt
    55.Milade Lola-Charles --- Hampton --- 6’10 --- Centre --- Senior
    56.Ify Umodu --- Northern Arizona --- 6'3 --- Guard --- Sophomore
    57.Ben Olayinka --- Northern Arizona --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Junior
    58.Ephraim Ekanem --- Northern Arizona --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Junior
    59.Aaron Adeoye --- Ball State --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Freshman
    60.Gabe Olaseni --- Iowa --- 6’10 --- Centre --- Freshman

    61.Chido Onyiuke --- Loyola MD --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    62.Michael Onuorah --- IPFW --- 6'2 --- Guard --- Freshman
    63.Frank Ben-Eze --- Davidson --- 6’10 --- Forward --- Senior
    64.Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch --- Arkansans state --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    65.Sommy Ogukwe --- Liberty --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    66.Brian Okam --- Appalachian State --- 7’0 --- Centre --- Sophomore
    67.O'Karo Akamune --- Western Kentucky --- 6’6 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    68.Kene Ayigbo --- Western Kentucky --- 6’5 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    69.Patrick Onwenu --- Texas Southern --- 6'7 --- Guard --- Freshman
    70.Bassey Inameti --- Tennessee Tech --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Senior

    71.Dennis Ogbe --- Tennessee Tech --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Freshman
    72.Imoh Silas --- Siena --- 6’8 --- Centre --- Freshman
    73.OD Anosike --- Siena --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Junior
    74.Chim Kadima --- Loyola IL --- 6'4 --- Guard --- Sophomore
    75.London Dokubo --- Loyola IL --- 6'0 --- Guard --- Freshman
    76.Stan Okoye --- Virginia Military --- 6'5 --- Forward --- Junior
    77.Bryant Mbamalu --- Louisiana Lafayette --- 6'2 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    78.Onochie Ochie --- Southeastern Lousiania --- 6'6 --- Guard ---Freshman
    79.Paul Gombwer --- Charleston South --- 6’6 --- Forward --- Freshman
    80.Lotanna Nwogbo --- Tulane --- 6'8 --- Forward --- Freshman

    81.Emmanuel Ochenje --- Pepperdine --- 6’9 --- Forward --- Freshman
    82.Longi Yiljep --- Brown --- 6’5 --- Guard --- Freshman
    83.Chris Udofia --- Denver --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    84.Lekan Ajayi --- Wyoming --- 6’10 --- Forward --- Freshman
    85.Afam Muojeke – Wyoming --- 6’8 --- Guard --- Senior
    86.Ayodeji Egbeyemi --- Loyola --- 6’4 --- Guard --- Sophomore
    87.Godwin Okonji --- Loyola --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    88.Mark Nwakamma --- Hartford --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Freshman
    89.Shareif Adamu --- Alabama State --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Freshman
    90.Toso Adebamowo --- Sacred Heart --- 6'5 --- Guard --- Junior

    91.Femi Akinpetide --- Sacred Heart --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Junior
    92.Ebuka Anyaorah --- North Carolina Central --- 6'3 --- Guard --- Junior
    93.Robert Nwakwo --- Towson --- 6’8 --- Forward --- Senior
    94.Tola Akomolafe --- Florida International --- 6'6 --- Guard --- Junior
    95.Cliff Ederaine --- Eastern Washington --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Senior
    96.Justin Omogun --- Eastern Washington --- 6’8 --- Centre --- Sophomore
    97.Wale Akinbobola --- Tennesee Martin --- 6'2 --- Guard ---Freshman
    98.Prince Obasi --- Seattle --- 6'2 --- Guard --- Junior 289
    99.Osas Ebomwonyi --- Lamar --- 6’11 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    100.Alex Ogundadegbe --- Binghamton --- 6'8 --- Forward --- Sophomore

    101.John Adenrele --- UC Davis --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Freshman
    102.Abdulwali Kasim --- Delaware state --- 6'7 --- Forward --- Freshman
    103.Babatunde Olumuwiya --- USC Upstate --- 6'8 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    104.Odra Nweke --- NJIT --- 6’5 --- Guard --- Freshman
    105.Andrew Osemhen --- Kennesaw --- 6'9 --- Forward --- Sophomore
    106.Chukwuemeka Duruji --- Maryland Eastern --- 6'5 --- Forward --- Freshman
    107.Olatunji Kosile --- Maryland Eastern --- 6'11 --- Center --- Junior
    108.Ife Ike --- Louisiana-Monroe --- 6’7 --- Forward --- Freshman
    109.Ayotunde Oyeniyi --- Fairleigh --- 6'9 --- Freshman --- Sophomore
    110.Prince Okoroh --- Howard --- 6'5 --- Guard --- Freshman

    111.Joe Ikhinmwin --- South Carolina state --- 6'6 --- Forward --- Senior
    112.Obi Emegano --- Western Illinois --- 6’3 --- Forward --- Freshman
    113.Quincy Ukaigwe --- Chicago State --- 6'9 --- Forward --- Junior
    114. Sean Ezeamama --- Canisius --- 6'2 --- Guard --- Freshman
    115. Tomie Aromona --- Missouri State --- 5'10 --- Guard --- Freshman
    116. Simi Fajemisin --- San Diego --- 6'10 --- Forward --- Freshman
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    That is an Impressive number of athletes! Enough to have a top notch University games team or Even a formidable senior team. Nigeria has some talent why aren't the more successful in FIBA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raze Lupin View Post
    That is an Impressive number of athletes! Enough to have a top notch University games team or Even a formidable senior team. Nigeria has some talent why aren't the more successful in FIBA.
    Just like everything in Nigeria, our sports administration does not know how to put our resources to good use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotela View Post
    Just like everything in Nigeria, our sports administration does not know how to put our resources to good use.
    Unfortunately it's like that.

    And the same applies to women's bball.

    Look what happened to the U19 Women's NT this summer !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotela View Post
    Just like everything in Nigeria, our sports administration does not know how to put our resources to good use.
    Nigeria would give some of the Elite European and American National teams problems if they could get more efficient player development system. I don't even believe it would cost that much money because many of the players are receiving training in the USA for free(scholarship money). Hell as far as coaching goes many NCAA guys are coaching other NT for free or low cost only asking for travel and food expenses. I think Ghana and Angola have a lot of talent too. Not like Spain or USA BUT a lot of talent.

    I'm curious. what are the biggest problems in getting the talent together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raze Lupin View Post
    Nigeria would give some of the Elite European and American National teams problems if they could get more efficient player development system. I don't even believe it would cost that much money because many of the players are receiving training in the USA for free(scholarship money). Hell as far as coaching goes many NCAA guys are coaching other NT for free or low cost only asking for travel and food expenses. I think Ghana and Angola have a lot of talent too. Not like Spain or USA BUT a lot of talent.

    I'm curious. what are the biggest problems in getting the talent together?
    Eh, the reason is...money. (Surprise!)

    The government is allegedly as so often self-centered and currupt. The little money that is going into sports is primarily into football as it counts most around the world.
    I once spoke to Gabe Muoneke, the former national-team player. He told me, that if one of those politicians would sell one of its oil-ships they are posessing, the national-team would do great with the proper finances for preparations.

    BTW: Off that list, how many players were developed in Nigeria and how many were born in the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojado View Post
    Eh, the reason is...money. (Surprise!)

    The government is allegedly as so often self-centered and currupt. The little money that is going into sports is primarily into football as it counts most around the world.
    I once spoke to Gabe Muoneke, the former national-team player. He told me, that if one of those politicians would sell one of its oil-ships they are posessing, the national-team would do great with the proper finances for preparations.

    BTW: Off that list, how many players were developed in Nigeria and how many were born in the US?
    Most of the players are 1st generation Americans born to Nigerian parents who immigrated for a better life, some of them have shown interest to play for Nigeria. From the list above players like Festus Ezeli, Maurice Aniefiok, Michael Eric, Talib Zanna, God's Gift Achiuwa, Moses Ayegba, Yemi Makajuonla and some others were developed in Nigeria but got to America through various camps or family connection, they usually developed their game in high school before proceeding to college. Not since Hakeem Olajuwon has a Nigerian player gone from Nigeria straight to College ball and that was in the 80's......It is a shame that we can produce these players abroad but we cant cater to their talent in Nigeria. ps Teddy Okereafo and Ovie Soko have represented junior teams in England while Retin Ojomoh was part of the Belgian youth team.

    I also have a whole list of Nigerians or Nigerian-born in High School, I will post that next season.

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