Nigeria national basketball team’s head coach Mike Brown has announced final cut for the 2020 Olympic Games with four players from the 12-man list expected to debut for the D’Tigers.
From the 49-man preliminary squad that started the training in Las Vegas and Oakland, the team was prune to 16 players a week ago while the final list has now been unveiled by the American coach.
Brown kept five members of the Nigerian team that finished 3-2 at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China but released Stan Okoye, Ben Uzoh, Ike Diogu, and Michael Gbinije – the only four Olympians on the preliminary squad.
Miye Oni, Jahlil Okafor, Kezie Okpala, and Precious Achiuwa will be wearing the D’Tigers jersey for the first time at official games, while Jordan Nwora, who is competing in the NBA Finals with the Milwaukee Bucks will join the team at a later stage, the Nigerian Basketball Federation announced.
In their third straight Olympic Games appearance, Nigeria have been drawn Group B alongside Australia, Germany, and Italy.
Eight of the 12 Nigeria players featured for the National Basketball Association (NBA) teams last season, while Ekpe Udoh who built his name for himself in Europe has also played in the league.
Non-NBA players include Obi Emegano (Fuenlabrada, Spain), Caleb Agada (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Ike Nwamu (BC Samara), and Caleb Agada (Hapoel Be’er Sheva). The Nigerians are the second team – after the USA – with the most NBA players in Tokyo.