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Suleiman Braimoh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - Mar 15, 2019


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SULEIMAN BRAIMOH
We bring you last week's top performances from Nigerians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in Israel). He led Hapoel Eilat to a victory over the closely-ranked Galil Gilboa (9-12) crushing them 107-74 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Braimoh was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. Hapoel Eilat (14-7) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Braimoh has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 74.7%. Braimoh has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He played for the Nigerian senior national team three years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon). He was the main contributor in Homentmen's victory against the league outsider Sagesse (1-12) 89-82 in a derby game in the Lebanese LBL in Thursday night's game. Efevberha was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points and added 3 assists. Homentmen Beirut (11-3) is placed second in the LBL. Efevberha's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Efevberha has very high stats. He averages: 21.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 45.9%(45-98) and FT: 81.8%. Efevberha is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ike Iroegbu
Ike Iroegbu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ike Iroegbu (188-95, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). Iroegbu could not help Lietkabelis (14-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lietkabelis lost 99-104 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) P.Zvaigzdes. Iroegbu was the top scorer with 20 points in 21 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Iroegbu has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 52.9%(9-17) and FT: 63.2% in five games he played so far. He is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Tonye Jekiri
Tonye Jekiri
   #4. Center Tonye Jekiri (213-94, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Buyukcekmece (6-13) crushing them 93-69 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Jekiri scored 12 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 30 minutes. Gaziantep Basketbol (12-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Jekiri's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. Jekiri is also Nigerian national team player.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #5. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Twarde Pierniki's victory against the ninth-ranked Legia (10-11) 94-80 in the Polish EBL in Friday night's game. He scored 14 points. Polski Cukier Torun (18-4) is placed third in the EBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Umeh has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Umeh plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #6. Small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Greek team Panathinaikos win their game against the league outsider Darussafaka (3-23) crushing them 91-67 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 12 minutes. Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (13-13) is placed ninth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Antetokounmpo's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 1.8rpg in 23 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team three years ago.

Stan Okoye
Stan Okoye
   #7. International swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Zaragoza (11-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Okoye's very good performance Zaragoza was defeated 87-72 in Madrid by the much higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#3). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Okoye has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Okoye is also Nigerian national team player.

Talib Zanna
Talib Zanna
   #8. Power forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Ironi Nes-Ziona (4-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed Ironi Nes-Ziona (4-2) lost 76-81 in Risskov to the second-ranked Bakken in the group J of FIBA Europe Cup. Zanna scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. Zanna's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4spg in five games. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Obi Emegano
Obi Emegano
   #9. International guard Obi Emegano (190-93, college: ORU, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a JDA Dijon's victory against the 15th-ranked Cholet Basket (7-15) 67-61 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA on Monday night. Emegano recorded 14 points in 23 minutes. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (17-5) is placed third in the Jeep ELITE ProA. This year Emegano's total stats are: 7.6ppg and 2.4rpg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Keith Omoerah
Keith Omoerah
   #10. Guard Keith Omoerah (194-92, college: Manitoba, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Mykolaiv edge the closely-ranked Kyiv Basket (13-12) 74-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Omoerah was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBC Mykolaiv (6-6) is placed third in the Superleague. The Regular Season already ended. Omoerah's stats this season are: 13.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International shooting guard Ikenna Mbamalu (191-91, college: La-Lafayette, currently plays in Chile) couldn't help Aleman in their game against Deportivo Valdivia in the Chilean Liga Nacional. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Mbamalu was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 9 rebounds. This season Mbamalu has very high stats. He averages: 21.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.9apg. Mbamalu holds both American and Nigerian passports. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team. Mbamalu used to play for Lagos Warriors in Nigerian league.

   #12. International power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Israel) helped Hapoel Tel-Aviv win their game against one of league's weakest teams Ironi Nahariya crushing them 80-59 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Aminu had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Aminu has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1bpg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. Former international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in South Korea) couldn't help Goyang Orions in their game against KCC Egis in the South Korean KBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Akognon was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 passes. Akognon averaged so far 13.8ppg and 2.0apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Akognon used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

   #14. International forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. His team lost 121-129 in the NBA. Aminu averaged so far 9.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3apg in 67 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico) helped Aaguacateros edge the second-ranked Soles 82-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night. Ofoegbu recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Ofoegbu averaged so far 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Indiana Pacers (44-25) 117-98 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Antetokounmpo had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid 51-17 record this season. It's Antetokounmpo's sixth year with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 27.0ppg, 12.6rpg, 5.9apg, 1.4bpg and 1.3spg in 63 games he played so far. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Micheal Eric (210-C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Turkey) was the main contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the ninth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (8-11) 93-78 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. Eric was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Darussafaka Istanbul (18-5) is placed third in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Eric has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg and 5.9rpg in 14 games.

   #3. Ike Joseph Udanoh (203-PF-89, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Sidigas AV's victory against the closely-ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-9) 76-71 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Udanoh recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Sidigas Avellino (13-8) is placed fourth in the Serie A. Udanoh has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 3.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #4. Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: Florida St., currently plays in ABA League) was the major contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the ninth-ranked KK Zadar (7-14) 87-69 in the ABA League last Saturday. Ojo scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (20-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ojo's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 6.0rpg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #5. Abdul-Malik Abu (203-F-95, college: NC State, currently plays in Croatia) helped KK Vrijednosnice Osijek win their game against the second-ranked KK Zadar (12-4) 88-69 in the Croatian Premijer Liga on Sunday night. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Abu's third season in pro basketball. KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (9-7) is placed sixth in the Premijer Liga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Abu has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.7apg in 16 games.

   #6. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: Siena, currently plays in France) helped Le Portel win their game against the eighth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez 75-69 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA last Saturday. Anosike was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. Anosike also added and 3 steals. Anosike's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #7. Peter Olisemeka (204-C-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Academik Plovdiv (8-9) in their last game. Despite Olisemeka's very good performance Academik Plovdiv lost 99-103 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Balkan. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Olisemeka averaged so far 13.2ppg, 12.2rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and Italian.

   #8. Experienced Aleksey Adediran (201-C-82, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Mykolaiv edge the closely-ranked Kyiv Basket 74-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. Adediran recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Adediran averaged so far 10.7ppg and 6.9rpg. He holds both Nigerian and Russian passports.

   #9. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Levallois (11-11) in their last game. Despite Sulaimon's good performance Levallois lost 82-90 in Nanterre to the higher-ranked (#11) JSF Nanterre. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Sulaimon also added 4 passes in 23 minutes. Sulaimon has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.9apg in 12 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Sulaimon's Nigerian nationality, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #10. Chima Moneke (198-F-95, college: Cal-Davis, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Denain Voltaire (7-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Denain Voltaire lost 84-95 in Rouen to the much higher-ranked (#6) SPO Rouen. Moneke recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 29 minutes. Moneke averaged so far 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg in 15 games.

  




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