Nigeria has qualified to compete in next year’s Olympic Games basketball tournament in Tokyo, Japan and before the tournament commences, the West Africa nation’s pool of top tier players has deepened following a historic 2020 NBA Draft.
This year’s Draft was conducted virtually and later than usual because of the COVID 19 pandemic in the US which has infected over 11 million people.
A record eight players of Nigerian descent were drafted into the NBA via the draft and should they opt to play for the 2015 African Champions, Nigeria could present a roster full of NBA talents for the 2021 competition.
Isaac Okoro, Onyeka Okongwu, Zeke Nnaji, Desmond Bane, Daniel Oturu, Jordan Nwora, Udoka Azubuike and Precious Achiuwa were drafted into the world’s best basketball league earlier today.
Nwora, drafted 44th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks, is the son of Nigeria Men’s Basketball Coach Alexander who coached D’Tigers to second place at the 2017 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket).
Jordan Nwora suited up for Nigeria during the 2019 World Cup qualifiers.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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