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Tonye Jekiri's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad: - Mar 29, 2019


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Nigerian players, who play currently abroad.


Tonye Jekiri
Tonye Jekiri
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Tonye Jekiri (213-94, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Gaziantep (13-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jekiri's very good performance Gaziantep was edged 66-65 at home by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 23 rebounds. Jekiri also added 5 assists. It's Jekiri's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 11.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.4%(114-192) and FT: 60.9%. Jekiri is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Mexico). He led Fuerza Regia to a 2-point victory over the third-ranked Lenadores (25-14) 99-97 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Friday night. Akindele was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (31-9) is placed first. Akindele has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 63.9%(274-429), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 73.3% in 44 games he played so far. Akindele is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Detroit Pistons (38-37) 117-112 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Aminu recorded 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers have a solid 47-27 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Aminu is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Trail Blazers' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 9.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 85.7%. Aminu has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA U19 national team, Aminu is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #4. Small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kolossos HH (3-16) crushing them 95-68 in the Greek A1 last Monday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (14-1) is placed first in the A1. This year Antetokounmpo's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Greek. Antetokounmpo used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2016.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #5. Former international power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to a victory against the eighth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (9-14) 85-76 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Braimoh scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (15-8) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Braimoh has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Braimoh used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #6. Forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Gunma (36-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Gunma (36-16) were edged 69-67 on their home court in Gunma by the second-ranked Sendai 89ers in the East group. Kuso recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Kuso has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.8bpg and 1.4spg. Kuso is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team twelve years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #7. International guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Al Riyadi (12-4) 112-97 in a derby game in the Lebanese LBL last Sunday. He recorded 18 points and added 4 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Homentmen Beirut (12-4) 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. Efevberha has very impressive stats this year: 20.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg in 15 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Efevberha is also Nigerian national team player.

Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
   #8. Point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in South Korea) led Goyang Orions to a victory over the closely-ranked KCC Egis (28-26) 97-86 in the South Korean KBL in Monday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Akognon scored 23 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Goyang Orions (27-27) are placed fifth in the KBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Akognon has reliable stats this year: 14.2ppg and 2.1apg in 18 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Akognon used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2016.

Talib Zanna
Talib Zanna
   #9. International power forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Ironi Nes-Ziona (9-14) in their last game. Despite Zanna's very good performance Ironi Nes-Ziona lost 74-86 on the road to the leading Maccabi T-A. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Zanna also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Zanna's stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2spg in 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Obi Emegano
Obi Emegano
   #10. Guard Obi Emegano (190-93, college: ORU, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (12-11) crushing them 109-87 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA last Sunday. Emegano scored 9 points. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (18-5) is placed third in the Jeep ELITE ProA. Emegano's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia 81-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Okoye scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Okoye averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg in 22 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Okoye plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International guard Ike Iroegbu (188-95, college: WSU, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Lietkabelis' victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija 85-78 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes. Iroegbu averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. International forward Emmanuel Omogbo (203-95, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in a Ironi Kiryat Ata's victory against the closely-ranked Netanya 77-72 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Omogbo was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Omogbo has very impressive stats this year: 20.0ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg in six games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Omogbo is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point Twarde Pierniki's victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet Enea BC 110-107 in the Polish EBL last Tuesday. He scored 8 points. Umeh averaged so far 13.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Umeh plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Melvin Ejim (201-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Unics Kazan in their game against Valencia Basket in the Eurocup. He scored 5 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 73-79. This year Ejim's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team seven 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) was the major contributor in a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (45-31) 128-118 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He scored 34 points (!!!), had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid 57-19 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Antetokounmpo's sixth year with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 27.4ppg, 12.6rpg, 6.0apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg in 69 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) led Darussafaka to a victory over the league outsider Afyon Bld (4-16) 85-67 in the Turkish BSL on Monday night. He was the best player in that game. Eric recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Darussafaka Istanbul (20-6) is placed third in the BSL. Eric has reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg and 5.9rpg.

   #3. Ike Joseph Udanoh (203-PF-89, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) could not help Sidigas AV (14-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sidigas AV lost 65-76 on the road to the second-ranked Umana Venezia. Udanoh was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Udanoh has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.5apg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #4. Josh Okogie (193-G-98, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (30-45) 112-99 in the NBA last Saturday. Okogie recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his six free throws); quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 33-41 record this season. Okogie has reliable stats this year: 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite Okogie's Nigerian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #5. Chima Moneke (198-F-95, college: UC Davis, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Denain Voltaire in their game against Quimper UJAP (9-14) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 24 points. Moneke also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Moneke has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #6. Christian Nwogbo (190-F-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: Cedarville, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against the second-ranked Entente Orleans 45 78-74 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Nwogbo scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Nwogbo's stats this season are: 11.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #7. Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91, currently plays in Japan) helped Yamagata win their game against the sixth-ranked Aomori Watts 87-79 in the Japanese B2 League in Saturday night's game. Maduabum scored 23 points, grabbed 8 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 4 shots. Maduabum's stats this season are: 14.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.6bpg.

   #8. Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: FSU, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda win their game against the closely-ranked Partizan 106-101 in a derby game in the ABA League last Saturday. Ojo recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Ojo's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 6.1rpg in 23 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #9. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Iceland) helped Tindastoll win their game against the closely-ranked Thor Thorl 87-73 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Monday night. Alawoya was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 16 rebounds. Alawoya also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. This season Alawoya has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1bpg and 1.2spg. Alawoya holds both American and Nigerian passports. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

   #10. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Levallois in their game against JL Bourg in the French Jeep ELITE ProA, despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Sulaimon also added 5 assists in 27 minutes. But his team lost 85-96. This year Sulaimon's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.1apg in 13 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Sulaimon's Nigerian nationality, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and probably cannot be called to the Nigerian team.

  




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