LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 11: Ochai Agbaji #30 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts after making a three-pointer during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse on January 11, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) can report as many as 19 players of Nigerian origin have entered the early phase of the 2022 NBA Draft. This year’s Draft is slated to take place on June 23.

However, early entrants can pull out of the draft process before June 13 should they not hire an agent prior to the said date mere days after the conclusion of the NBA Finals.

The list of players from the West African nation is led by Ochai Agbaji who played an instrumental role in Kansas University’s win in the 2022 National College Basketball Championship Final game.

The 6 foot 5 inch Shooting Guard Agbaji , who turned 22 last month, averaged 18.8 points in his final year and was voted the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Final Four.

Mensah Photo Courtesy: San Diego Tribune

Two players of Ghanaian origin are in the list; San Diego State University Center/Power Forward Nathan Mensah and George Mason Forward Josh Oduro have made the list.

Oduro Photo Courtesy: George Mason

Below is the full list of Nigerian players in the NBA Draft early entry list:

Efe Abogidi, Ochai Agbaji, James Akinjo, Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu, Emmanuel Akot, Theo Akwuba, Keve Aluma, Marcus Azor, Dylan Disu, Anthony Duruji, Aminu Mohammed and KC Ndefo.

Ike Obiagu, Josh Oduro, Gus Okafor, Osayi Osifo, Osun Osunniyi, Leonardo Okeke and Gideon George.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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