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Nnamdi Vincent PG 191 cm 91 kg 26 yo
Obi Emegano SG 190 cm 98 kg 29 yo
Josh Okogie SG 193 cm 96 kg 24 yo
Caleb Agada SG 193 cm 95 kg 29 yo
Miye Oni SG 198 cm 94 kg 25 yo
Ike Nwamu SG, PG 196 cm 96 kg 29 yo
Jordan Nwora SF 203 cm 102 kg 24 yo
Precious Achiuwa SF 203 cm 102 kg 23 yo
Ekpe Udoh PF 208 cm 111 kg 35 yo
KZ Okpala PF, SF 203 cm 97 kg 23 yo
Chimezie Metu PF, C 208 cm 102 kg 25 yo
Jahlil Okafor C 211 cm 125 kg 27 yo
Mike Brown Head Coach
GM 2P% 3P% FT% REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS EFF GM
Olympics 3 47.1 39.8 56.9 35.0 16.3 11.0 20.3 4.7 - 23.3 - 76.7 57.0 »
2022-08-08
The official Nigerian men's national team Twitter account brought up the memories of how one of the best basketball players in the world, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was close to appearing in different national team colors. 2021 NBA champion and the finals MVP once considered requesting a Nigerian passport.
2022-06-23

The Nigerian Federal Government has rescinded its decision to suspend Nigeria's basketball teams from all international competitions.

2022-06-06

Nigeria's government has decided to withdraw its basketball teams from international competitions for 2 years, likely eliminating their chances of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.

2022-06-02

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will not take part in international competition for two years, the country’s president announced ten days ago, jeopardizing chances of qualifying teams for the 2024 Olympics.

2022-05-13

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will not take part in international competition for two years, the nation’s president said, jeopardizing chances of qualifying teams for the 2024 Olympics.

President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria's national basketball teams are immediately withdrawing from international competitions.

"Following the unending crises that have plagued and nearly crippled Basketball development in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has today approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all International Basketball Competitions for a period of two years," says a statement from the federal ministry of youth and sports development.

The Nigeria Basketball Federation reportedly faced possible suspension last November over leadership and election issues in recent years.

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare who made the statement in his Office in Abuja, disclosed that the withdrawal of Nigeria was to provide Government with the opportunity to revamp the sport from the grassroots as well as revive the domestic leagues which have become moribund.

FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, and the Nigeria Basketball Federation have not responded to requests for comment on how it affects Olympic qualification.

If Nigeria sits out the entire two years, it will be ineligible for the Olympics under the recently published qualification timeline.

Nations bidding for Olympic qualification, other than host France, must take part in the FIBA World Cups in 2022 (women) and 2023 (men) and/or the first of two rounds of Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2023.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be the first such competition to be hosted by multiple nations: the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. The prestigious contest will take place from August 25 to September 10.

The same kind of situation happened in the summer of 2019 when Team Nigeria almost didn't make it to China for the FIBA World Cup, because the money for the flights allegedly wasn't released until the last possible moment.

Team Nigeria gathered quite a lot of hype before the last major basketball competition, Tokyo Olympics when they stunned the USA in the Olympic exhibition game.

Nigeria had a roster of mostly NBA players, including Jahlil Okafor, Gabe Vincent, Ekpe Udoh, Precious Achiuwa, Josh Okogie, Chimezie Metu, KZ Okpala, Miye Oni. Long-time NBA specialist Mike Brown was coaching the team.

2022-02-02
The Nigerian basketball team runs the risk of being banned from the 2023 FIBA World Cup, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. The reason behind it - Nigeria's governing body hasn't followed simple rules, such as holding an election to seat board members, via the report. The same kind of situation happened in the summer of 2019 when Team Nigeria almost didn't make it to China for the FIBA World ...
2021-08-02
Nigerian international Chimezie Metu has attributed the misfortune of the African nation's athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games to the poor handling by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, as well as the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC).The Sacramento Kings forward discussed the difficulties of even competing at the Games, stressing the unfortunate developments in the Nigerian camp and how ...
2022-08-08
The official Nigerian men's national team Twitter account brought up the memories of how one of the best basketball players in the world, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was close to appearing in different national team colors. 2021 NBA champion and the finals MVP once considered requesting a Nigerian passport.
2022-06-23

The Nigerian Federal Government has rescinded its decision to suspend Nigeria's basketball teams from all international competitions.

2022-06-06

Nigeria's government has decided to withdraw its basketball teams from international competitions for 2 years, likely eliminating their chances of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.

2022-06-02

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will not take part in international competition for two years, the country’s president announced ten days ago, jeopardizing chances of qualifying teams for the 2024 Olympics.

2022-05-13

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will not take part in international competition for two years, the nation’s president said, jeopardizing chances of qualifying teams for the 2024 Olympics.

President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria's national basketball teams are immediately withdrawing from international competitions.

"Following the unending crises that have plagued and nearly crippled Basketball development in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has today approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all International Basketball Competitions for a period of two years," says a statement from the federal ministry of youth and sports development.

The Nigeria Basketball Federation reportedly faced possible suspension last November over leadership and election issues in recent years.

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare who made the statement in his Office in Abuja, disclosed that the withdrawal of Nigeria was to provide Government with the opportunity to revamp the sport from the grassroots as well as revive the domestic leagues which have become moribund.

FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, and the Nigeria Basketball Federation have not responded to requests for comment on how it affects Olympic qualification.

If Nigeria sits out the entire two years, it will be ineligible for the Olympics under the recently published qualification timeline.

Nations bidding for Olympic qualification, other than host France, must take part in the FIBA World Cups in 2022 (women) and 2023 (men) and/or the first of two rounds of Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2023.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be the first such competition to be hosted by multiple nations: the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. The prestigious contest will take place from August 25 to September 10.

The same kind of situation happened in the summer of 2019 when Team Nigeria almost didn't make it to China for the FIBA World Cup, because the money for the flights allegedly wasn't released until the last possible moment.

Team Nigeria gathered quite a lot of hype before the last major basketball competition, Tokyo Olympics when they stunned the USA in the Olympic exhibition game.

Nigeria had a roster of mostly NBA players, including Jahlil Okafor, Gabe Vincent, Ekpe Udoh, Precious Achiuwa, Josh Okogie, Chimezie Metu, KZ Okpala, Miye Oni. Long-time NBA specialist Mike Brown was coaching the team.

2022-02-02
The Nigerian basketball team runs the risk of being banned from the 2023 FIBA World Cup, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. The reason behind it - Nigeria's governing body hasn't followed simple rules, such as holding an election to seat board members, via the report. The same kind of situation happened in the summer of 2019 when Team Nigeria almost didn't make it to China for the FIBA World ...
2021-08-02
Nigerian international Chimezie Metu has attributed the misfortune of the African nation's athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games to the poor handling by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, as well as the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC).The Sacramento Kings forward discussed the difficulties of even competing at the Games, stressing the unfortunate developments in the Nigerian camp and how ...
2021-07-31
After failing to earn a single victory in the Olympic basketball tournament, Nigeria's head coach Mike Brown pointed at the same issues that have been haunting his team. Despite having a strong pre-Olympic showing (Nigeria defeated Team USA), the African team couldn't put together consistent team effort, especially on the defensive end. "It's kind of the same old song. We haven't done a good job ...
2021-07-31
In a closely contested game, Italy (2-1) defeated Nigeria (0-3) 80-71 (29-17, 11-22, 16-24, 24-8) with a strong fourth-quarter performance. Nigeria scored first, but Italy went on a 12-3 run, which prompted Mike Brown to call a timeout with 6:31 to play in the first. However, it didn't appear to help, as Nigerians kept missing shots and committing turnovers. Italy, who started the game with Nico ...
2021-07-28
After his team lost its second straight game of the Olympics, Nigeria's head coach Mike Brown talked about his squad's lack of defensive effort. "Our main identity is we felt like we were a good defensive team coming into this tournament, and our guys had done a tremendous job on that side of the ball. But it's going to be tough to beat anybody when you don't defend. We did not do a good job ...
2021-07-28
The second round of the Tokyo Olympic Basketball Tournament kicked off with a Group B matchup between Germany (1-1) and Nigeria (0-2). After a great fourth quarter, Germany earned their first victory 99-92 (24-21, 26-29, 24-24, 25-18). Nigeria's Jordan Nwora was spectacular, scoring 33 points (6/8 2PT, 7/12 3PT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 35 PIR. However, his performance wasn't ...
2021-07-25
Two teams that beat the USA this summer - Nigeria and Australia - have kicked off their Olympic runs. Australia (1-0) started the Olympics hot by beating Nigeria (0-1) 84-65 (23-23, 20-17, 15-12, 26-15). The game was tied in the middle of the first quarter, however, Australia went on a 7-0 run to go up 19-12 with 3:43 remaining. After the timeout, Nigeria answered with a run of their own, and the ...
2021-07-24
"Watching what we built." This selfie of Al-Farouq Aminu went viral when Nigerian D'Tigers managed to beat Team USA in the preparation stage for the Olympic games. Two of the Nigerian National Team pioneers, Al-Farouq Aminu and Ike Diogu, watched the game on TV and couldn't be more proud of their brothers making history. They both dreamed about this moment since their early beginnings. In an ...
2021-07-23
In 2016 in Brazil, the winners' podium included the USA, Serbia, and Spain. Five years later, some of those teams aren't even in the Olympics. Add pandemic-related issues, and the forecasting of this year's Tokyo medalists becomes even much murkier, let alone the entire arrangement of all 12 teams. Nonetheless, BasketNews experts rolled up their sleeves and produced power rankings for an upcoming ...
2021-07-22
The Group B of the Olympic Basketball Tournament is expected to be one of the most interesting and well-balanced in the entire tournament. With Australia, Italy, Nigeria and Germany set to start in the group and with only two teams directly advancing to the next round, it's gonna be an interesting battle. Australia is probably the strongest team and the most likely candidate to finish first. Italy ...
2021-07-19
The Nigerian National Team has finalized its roster for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The list includes eight NBA players - Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons), Gabe Vincent, KZ Okpala, Precious Achiuwa (all Miami Heat), Miye Oni (Utah Jazz), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Metu Chimezie (Sacramento Kings), and Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks). Forwards Michael Gbinijie, Stanley Okoye, and point ...
2021-07-14
In their third exhibition game, Australia made 18 3-pointers and left Nigeria no chance. For the African team, this was their first defeat in friendly matches. Brian Goorjian’s team won the game 108-69 (26-13, 23-16, 35-17, 24-23) and got their third victory in a row after beating Argentina and Team USA earlier. Aussies took control in the second quarter when Josh Giddey knocked both of his ...
2021-07-13
After defeating the USA in their first friendly match, Nigeria has not slowed down. Mike Brown's team beat Argentina 94-71 (17-19, 26-14, 31-22, 20-16) in Las Vegas. Nigeria took over in the second half. After Josh Okogie's drive, Gabe Vincent's two, and K.Z. Okpala's three, the African team gained a 15-point advantage (54-39). The Nigerians ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run and led by 19 going ...
2021-07-12
Team USA’s weekend loss to Nigeria was the biggest upset in the history of USA basketball, according to Byron Scott. The two-time NBA All-Star shooting guard believes that the Olympic Tournament will not be an easy case for the American squad. However, when he was asked to name the teams that could challenge the ultimate favorite for the gold medal, he gave an answer that had little or no ...
2021-07-11
Team USA began their preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, not the way they wanted but the head coach of the team, Gregg Popovich, remained positive after the loss to Nigeria. Popovich congratulated Nigeria with a fantastic win in Las Vegas and told the reporters that the African team, coached by Mike Brown, deserves the credit. “I thought that Nigeria played very ...
2021-07-11
Nigeria pulled off one of the greatest upsets in international basketball history Saturday night by stunning Team USA in an Olympic exhibition game in Las Vegas. The Americans lost 87-90 (23-22, 20-19, 21-25, 23-24) to the Nigeria team, which is coached by Mike Brown. It was Team USA's first-ever loss to an African nation and third one overall in exhibition games since 1992. Team USA defeated ...
2021-07-06
Nigeria continues the preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and announced a preliminary 15-man squad list. The list includes eight NBA players - Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons), Gabe Vincent, KZ Okpala, Precious Achiuwa (all Miami Heat), Miye Oni (Utah Jazz), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Metu Chimezie (Sacramento Kings), and Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks). At the very ...
2021-07-01
Michael Eric announced on social media that he will not help Nigeria in the Tokyo Olympics due to a "traumatic experience" with Covid. The PBC CSKA Moscow center released the following statement: “I tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced very aggressive symptoms to the extent I was advised not to try any physical activity during my isolation period,” Eric wrote. “Part of ...
2021-06-24
Participants of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Nigeria national team announced a list of 49 players invited to team's training camp. 12 players are from the NBA teams. Al-Farouq Aminu (Chicago Bulls), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks), Gabe Vincent, KZ Okpala, Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs), Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets), Miye Oni, ...
Seasons:   20/21 | 18/19 | 16/17 | 15/16 | 11/12 | 05/06


Olympic Games

NO GM MIN 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS PF RF PTS EFF
Nnamdi Vincent 3 24:42 1/4
(25%)
4/19
(21.1%)
4/8
(50%)
2
1.7/0.3
1.7 1.3 0.7 0 3.7 0 6 -0.7
Obi Emegano 3 20:04 2/9
(22.2%)
3/6
(50%)
1/4
(25%)
1
0.3/0.7
3.3 1 2 0 3 0 4.7 0.7
Josh Okogie 3 15:31 3/7
(42.9%)
0/2
(0%)
7/7
(100%)
1
1/0
2 1.3 2.3 0.3 1 0 4.3 3.7
Caleb Agada 3 8:01 1/3
(33.3%)
2/4
(50%)
0/2
(0%)
1.7
1.7/0
1 0.3 1.3 1 1.3 0 2.7 2
Miye Oni 3 21:48 1/5
(20%)
6/13
(46.2%)
0/0 2
1.7/0.3
1.7 0 1.7 0.3 2 0 6.7 3.3
Ike Nwamu 3 9:25 0/1
(0%)
1/7
(14.3%)
0/0 0.7
0.7/0
1 0.3 1.3 0 1.3 0 1 -2
Jordan Nwora 3 29:18 12/24
(50%)
12/25
(48%)
3/6
(50%)
4.7
4.3/0.3
0.7 1.7 2.3 0 2.3 0 21 14
Precious Achiuwa 3 18:26 10/20
(50%)
0/0 4/9
(44.4%)
4.7
3.3/1.3
1 1.3 3.3 1.3 2.7 0 8 5.3
Ekpe Udoh 2 6:05 0/2
(0%)
0/0 2/4
(50%)
1
1/0
0.5 0 0.5 1 1 0 1 0
KZ Okpala 3 14:04 4/6
(66.7%)
0/1
(0%)
3/6
(50%)
3.3
3/0.3
1 1.7 0.7 0 2.7 0 3.7 4.3
Chimezie Metu 3 19:32 2/7
(28.6%)
7/11
(63.6%)
2/2
(100%)
6.7
5.3/1.3
2.3 2 1.3 1 1 0 9 15.7
Jahlil Okafor 3 15:02 12/14
(85.7%)
0/0 3/3
(100%)
4.7
2.7/2
0.3 0 3 0 1.7 0 9 8.7
Statistics


2020/2021

GM 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS
Olympics 3 47.1%
48/102
39.8%
35/88
56.9%
29/51
35
27.7/7.3
16.3 11 20.3 4.7 - 23.3 - 76.7


2018/2019

GM 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS
FIBA WC 5 51.4%
114/222
37.5%
45/120
74.2%
72/97
42.2
31.4/10.8
20.6 11.2 15.4 6 - 18.6 - 87


2016/2017

GM 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS


2015/2016

GM 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS
Olympics 5 49.2%
87/177
36.7%
51/139
75.6%
65/86
35.6
25.6/10
17 4.8 16.2 5 - 21.8 - 78.4


2011/2012

GM 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS
Olympics 5 39.5%
90/228
27.3%
27/99
69.4%
77/111
34.8
20.4/14.4
10.6 5.2 16.2 1.8 - 18 20 67.6


2005/2006

GM 2P M/A 3P M/A FT M/A REB AS ST TO BS RBS PF RF PTS
FIBA WC 6 44.5%
133/299
29.5%
33/112
59.3%
83/140
34.8
21.7/13.2
10 9 11.7 2.3 - 20.3 - 74.7
Records
Seasons:   All | 20/21 | 18/19 | 16/17 | 15/16 | 11/12 | 05/06

Olympic Games

Team records - 2020/2021 Season
Efficiency 77 Germany 2021-7-28
Points 92 Germany 2021-7-28
Rebounds 39 Italy 2021-7-31
Assists 22 Germany 2021-7-28
Steals 14 Australia 2021-7-25
Blocks 7 Australia 2021-7-25
2-pointers made 17 Germany 2021-7-28
3-pointers made 17 Germany 2021-7-28
Free throws made 12 Australia 2021-7-25
Personal records - 2020/2021 Season
Efficiency 32 Chimezie Metu Italy --
Points 33 Jordan Nwora Germany --
Rebounds 10 Chimezie Metu Italy --
Assists 6 Obi Emegano Germany --
Steals 5 KZ Okpala Germany --
Blocks 3 Caleb Agada Australia --
2-pointers made 7 Jahlil Okafor Italy --
3-pointers made 7 Jordan Nwora Germany --
Free throws made 5 Josh Okogie Australia --
Average recors - all seasons
Efficiency 2015-2016 59.6
Points 2015-2016 78.4
Rebounds 2020-2021 35
Assists 2020-2021 16.3
Steals 2020-2021 11
Blocks 2020-2021 4.7
2-pointers made 2011-2012 18
3-pointers made 2020-2021 11.7
Free throws made 2011-2012 15.4
Average recors - all seasons
Efficiency Ike Diogu
2011/2012
16
Points Jordan Nwora
2020/2021
21
Rebounds Ike Diogu
2011/2012
9
Assists Miye Oni
2020/2021
1.7
Steals KZ Okpala
2020/2021
1.7
Blocks Ekene Ibekwe
2015/2016
2.4
2-pointers made Ike Diogu
2011/2012
4.8
3-pointers made Jordan Nwora
2020/2021
4
Free throws made Al-Farouq Aminu
2011/2012
3.2
Schedule
Seasons:   2021 | 2019 | 2017 | 2016 | 2012 | 2006


Olympic Games
2021-07-25 Australia Nigeria 84-67   stat »
2021-07-28 Nigeria Germany 92-99   stat »
2021-07-31 Italy Nigeria 80-71   stat »