Basketballghana.com can confirm Denver Nuggets Guard Monte Morris has committed to play international basketball for Nigeria.
The news was announced on Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) official page on Twitter after reports emerged linking the scoring Guard to D’Tigers.
In his fourth season, Morris is averaging 10.4 points and 3.4 assists in 27.2 minutes in the 2020-2021 campaign. He spent part of his rookie season in the NBA Gatorade League.
The NBBF’s Twitter page also communicated Morris is in line to be called up to compete for the West African nation at this year’s Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Nigeria will compete in Tokyo in its third Olympics in a row after making similar appearances at the London and Rio Games in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
Morris comes on the back of fellow NBA Guard Spencer Dinwiddie expressing his desire to play for Nigeria in 2020. D’ Tigers is coached by NBA Associate Head Coach Mike Brown who works with Golden State Warriors.
Nigeria won the 2015 African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) and won Silver in the follow up edition in 2017. The team will compete in the 2021 edition to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter