Diogu in action at 2012 Olympics against USA Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Basketballghana.com can confirm veteran Power Forward Ike Diogu has been left out of Nigeria’s Men’s Basketball Team to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Players competing in the NBA like Jahlil Okafor of Detroit Pistons, Gabe Vincent of Miami Heat, Jordan Nwora of Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat’s Precious Achiuwa made the cut.


The shock news came to light following the announcement of a 15 man provisional list that is set to be cut down to 12 to meet the requirement of FIBA.

Brown Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The final list of players is to be confirmed by Nigeria Head Coach Mike Brown “mere days” before the Olympic Games commences on July 24. Fellow veteran Forward Al-Farouq Aminu missed the cut.

Nigeria Forward Ike Diogu Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Diogu is a former first round pick who played for New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors in the NBA and has extensive experience playing in China. He is on Chemidor Basketball Club’s roster in the Iranian Basketball League.

Diogu Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The 37 year old 6 foot 9 inch Forward has been a mainstay with D’Tigers helping Nigeria win the 2017 AfroBasket while bagging the Most Valuable Player Award at the competition.

Ningeria Forward Al-Farouq Aminu (left) with former FIBA President Horacio Muratore

Below is the full list of names that made the cut:

Josh Okogie

 Gabe Vincent

Jordan Nwora Photo Courtesy: FIBA

 Jordan Nwora

 Chimezie Metu

Jahlil Okafor

Obi Emegano


Caleb Agada

Stan Okoye

 Kz Okpala

 Precious Achiuwa

Nigeria celebrates qualification to 2020 Olympics Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Miye Oni

 Ekpe Udoh

Mike Gbinije

Chima Moneke

 Ike Iroegbu

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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