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    Not brand new (December 2020), but still relevant interview with Nigerian NT coach Mike Brown about NT, Olympic goals, Adebayo and Oladipo situation and a bit on future of Nigerian basketball

    https://abc7news.com/sports/nigeria-...stars/8485402/


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    70, Carl, 70. This 44 players pool before World Cup looks a joke now

    DíTigersí coaches set to screen 70 players ahead Tokyo Olympics

    The race to represent Nigeria in the basketball event of the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is getting hot as about 70 players are vying for the few slots available.

    The menís national team, DíTigers won all their matches at the just concluded Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia to book a spot at the 2021 championship billed to hold in Rwanda later in the year.

    Yesterday, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) said 70 players, including those from the Afrobasket qualifiers, would be screened by the national team coaches when the Tokyo Olympics camping begins in July.

    NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade, said DíTigersí performance at the Afrobasket qualifiers showed that Nigeria has a quality team that will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the Olympics.

    ďThe NBBF is delighted that DíTigers have booked the ticket for the Afrobasket championship. The next line of action is to organise a training camp at different locations to enable the NBA players in DíTigers team to have easy access to camping activities.

    ďAbout 70 players will be called to camp with the best players selected for the Olympics. The first phase of the camping will be held in America for the convenience of NBA players. Camping will also hold at various locations to pick the outstanding players for the Olympics,Ē he said.
    https://guardian.ng/sport/dtigers-co...okyo-olympics/


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    Monte Morris from Denver has committed to play for Nigeria. I guess that's a naturalized player to replace Dinwiddie, who supposed to play for them, but got seriously injured couple of months ago and not expected to return this season. Since I'm not big follower of NBA, I know the name, but I hardly know the player and how much he will he help D'Tigers. One thing is sure that PG was weakest link for years there


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    Very good player. Very very intelligent, great vision, good drive. Like Euro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katastroika View Post
    Very good player. Very very intelligent, great vision, good drive. Like Euro.
    Thnx for info. Then it should be great improvement for them over guys like Ben Uzoh or Iroegbu. Exactly what they needs at PG. Mike Brown knows what he is doing


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    Ekpe Udoh is committed to represent Nigeria in Tokyo, even tho he is not having the best chapter of his career lately, playing limited time in China


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    Nigeria started their preparations under Mike Brown two weeks ago in San Fransicso. 49(!) players were called, including NBA, NCAA and euro-based players and most of them checked-in.
    It was formally announced that OG Anunoby and Al-Farouq Aminu were not expected to join the team.

    After 2 weeks of training, the squad has been cut down to 15 players. The Nigerian Federation has not yet made the players' names publicly available however FIBA has been provided with the following list of names:

    Precious Achiuwa
    Chima Moneke
    Josh Okogie
    Gabe Vincent
    Chimezie Metu
    Ekpe Udoh
    Ike Diogu
    Stan Okoye
    Keith Omoerah
    Ike Ireogbu
    Ben Uzoh
    Caleb Agada
    Obi Emegano
    Michael Gbinije
    Ike Nwamu

    Jordan Nwora is also expected to join the team as soon as the NBA finals conclude.

    Monte Morris didn't attend the training camp and does not seem to be part of the team. Jahlil Okafor (Pistons), KZ Okpala (Heat) and Miye Oni (Jazz) were present at camp but they did not make the cut. I have a gut feeling that FIBA is preventing some of their USA-born guys to participate as non-naturalised which might be the reason for the above exclusions.

    Still, this is a very good selection: NBA talent is there (Okogie, Metu, Vincent, Achiuwa, Nwora), some decent euro-based pros (Okoye, Emegano, Moneke, Ireogbu) and a fair bit of FIBA experience.

    Much preferable than putting 10 NBA guys with zero international experience together.

    I guess we will know more soon, they are playing the USA this Saturday in Las Vegas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixama23 View Post
    Still, this is a very good selection: NBA talent is there (Okogie, Metu, Vincent, Achiuwa, Nwora), some decent euro-based pros (Okoye, Emegano, Moneke, Ireogbu) and a fair bit of FIBA experience.

    Much preferable than putting 10 NBA guys with zero international experience together.
    Yeah, looks like it will mostly be guys who played in the 2019 WC. Probably a good approach. None of the young NBA guys have really broken through but they'll have more experience than in 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    Yeah, looks like it will mostly be guys who played in the 2019 WC. Probably a good approach. None of the young NBA guys have really broken through but they'll have more experience than in 2019.
    Apparently my sources were not correct, Ike Diogu and Ben Uzoh will not be part of the team that goes to Tokyo. NBBF has published the names of the 16 players that made the first cut, Monte Morris is not there however several other NBA pros have been included (Okafor, Oni, Achiuwa, Okpala, Nwora, Okogie, Metu, Vincent). Very strong squad on paper, if they can perform well as a team then Nigeria could make it through to the quarterfinals or even further. PG position is a challenge, as it has always been. Gabe Vincent will have to play big minutes at PG.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sixama23 View Post
    Apparently my sources were not correct, Ike Diogu and Ben Uzoh will not be part of the team that goes to Tokyo. NBBF has published the names of the 16 players that made the first cut, Monte Morris is not there however several other NBA pros have been included (Okafor, Oni, Achiuwa, Okpala, Nwora, Okogie, Metu, Vincent). Very strong squad on paper, if they can perform well as a team then Nigeria could make it through to the quarterfinals or even further. PG position is a challenge, as it has always been. Gabe Vincent will have to play big minutes at PG.

    Will Jahik Okafor be able to play for Nigeria? I know heís played some on u19 USA teams before. Not sure if heís eligible because of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamalJokic View Post
    Will Jahik Okafor be able to play for Nigeria? I know he’s played some on u19 USA teams before. Not sure if he’s eligible because of that.
    I believe as long as USA Basketball doesn't object that it's fine.

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    Even josh Okogie played for us u19squad
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Jahlil is probably taking the spot of the naturalized player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YugoSanchez View Post
    Jahlil is probably taking the spot of the naturalized player.
    And okogie taking the local, he played for us in u19 also
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    My guess who is not making the cut after last night's game:
    Moneke, Gbinije, Oni or Okpala and probably Nwora who is still with the Bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YugoSanchez View Post
    My guess who is not making the cut after last night's game:
    Moneke, Gbinije, Oni or Okpala and probably Nwora who is still with the Bucks.
    Is this team breaking the rules? Their team seems to be almost all Americans with Nigerian descent but that means they would have to have passports before 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sime0n View Post
    Is this team breaking the rules? Their team seems to be almost all Americans with Nigerian descent but that means they would have to have passports before 16.
    They all do hold both passports since their birth except for Achiuwa, Agada and Moneke, who are either only Nigerian or do have Canadian or Australian passports to that Nigerian one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sime0n View Post
    Is this team breaking the rules? Their team seems to be almost all Americans with Nigerian descent but that means they would have to have passports before 16.
    Maybe this is just my experience but I've never met a nigerian who didn't have one as soon as they were able.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YugoSanchez View Post
    My guess who is not making the cut after last night's game:
    Moneke, Gbinije, Oni or Okpala and probably Nwora who is still with the Bucks.
    Nwora is 100% making the team. His Dad is the lead assistant and he was one of their best players in 19.

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