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Thanasis Antetokounmpo selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - Apr 12, 2019


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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.


Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked PAOK (15-8) crushing them 89-51 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Antetokounmpo recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (19-1) is placed first in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Antetokounmpo averages: 5.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 55.1%(27-49), 3FGP: 20.8% and FT: 47.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Greek. Antetokounmpo played for the Nigerian senior national team three years ago.

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). Akindele could not help Fuerza Regia (31-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Fuerza Regia (31-9) was edged 94-93 at home by the leading Capitanes in the North group. Akindele was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Akindele's first season with the team. Akindele has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(293-456), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.5%. 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 Denver Nuggets (54-28) 115-108 in the NBA last Sunday. Aminu had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have a solid 53-29 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Aminu is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Trail Blazers' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 9.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 86.7% in 81 games he played so far. Aminu is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA U19 national team, Aminu is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ike Iroegbu
Ike Iroegbu
   #4. Guard Ike Iroegbu (188-95, college: WSU, currently plays in Lithuania) led Lietkabelis to an overtime victory over the eighth-ranked Dzukija (9-19) 87-84 in the Lithuanian LKL on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Iroegbu scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Panevezys Lietkabelis (18-11) is placed fourth in the LKL. This season Iroegbu has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.5apg. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #5. Former international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Utah Jazz (50-32) in their last game. Despite Udoh's good performance the Utah Jazz (50-32) lost 137-143 on their home court in Salt Lake City to the Los Angeles Clippers. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Udoh also added 5 assists and 4 blocks in 29 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Udoh's overall stats are: 2.4ppg and 1.8rpg in 50 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Udoh used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Augustine Okosun
Augustine Okosun
   #6. Center Augustine Okosun (209-86, college: Keiser, currently plays in Africa Basketball League) led his Egyptian team Somouha to a victory against the closely-ranked Al Ahly (2-1) 88-81 in the Africa Basketball League last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Somouha (3-0) is placed first. So far his team won all three games in the Quarter-Finals. Okosun has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg and 7.6rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Okosun is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #7. Former international power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Eilat (18-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Hapoel Eilat was defeated 99-92 on the road by the leading Maccabi T-A. Braimoh was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. This season Braimoh has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. Braimoh used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Tonye Jekiri
Tonye Jekiri
   #8. Center Tonye Jekiri (213-94, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Gaziantep (14-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gaziantep was badly defeated 84-67 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce. Jekiri recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Jekiri's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #9. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) contributed to Gunma's victory against the third-ranked Cyberdyne IR (34-22) 86-75 in the Japanese B2 League on Saturday night. Kuso recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 18 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group East. Gunma Crane Thunders (41-15) are placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Kuso has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8bpg and 1.4spg. Kuso used to play for the Nigerian national team twelve years ago.

Stan Okoye
Stan Okoye
   #10. Swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-14) 91-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Okoye scored 15 points. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (13-12) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Okoye's stats this season are: 14.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Okoye is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Obi Emegano (190-93, college: ORU, currently plays in France) couldn't help JDA Dijon in their game against SIG Strasbourg in the French Jeep ELITE ProA, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points in 26 minutes. But his team lost 78-91. This year Emegano's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1spg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International power forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Israel) led Ironi Nes-Ziona to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Rishon 85-84 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Zanna was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Zanna averaged so far 12.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2spg. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. International guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Hoops Club crushing them 87-62 in a derby game in the Lebanese LBL last Sunday. Efevberha scored 12 points and added 7 assists in 23 minutes. Efevberha has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg in 18 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Melvin Ejim (201-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo 107-95 in the VTB United League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ejim has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 6.2rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2012.

   #15. International power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Galil Gilboa crushing them 92-70 in the Israeli Winner League last Saturday. Aminu recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Aminu has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.4rpg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.


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 Philadelphia 76ers (51-31) 128-122 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Antetokounmpo had a double-double by scoring 45 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 5 blocks in 35 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid 60-22 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Antetokounmpo's sixth year with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 27.7ppg, 12.5rpg, 5.9apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg in 72 games he played so far. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Ike Joseph Udanoh (203-PF-89, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) could not help Sidigas AV (14-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sidigas AV was edged 97-96 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Alma TR. Udanoh had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 40 minutes. It was Sidigas AV's third consecutive loss in a row. Udanoh has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: FSU, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (14-8) crushing them 84-63 in a derby game in the ABA League on Saturday night. Ojo scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (21-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ojo's total stats are: 8.5ppg and 6.2rpg in 26 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #4. Semi Ojeleye (201-F-94, college: SMU, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Washington Wizards (32-50) 116-110 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Ojeleye's second season in pro basketball. The Boston Celtics have 49-33 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This year Ojeleye's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.5rpg in 56 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #5. Chima Moneke (198-F-95, college: UC Davis, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a Denain Voltaire's surprising victory against the third-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (18-7) 78-70 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Moneke recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Denain ASC Voltaire (8-17) is placed 15th in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after seven consecutive loses. Moneke averaged so far 13.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #6. Christian Nwogbo (201-F-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: Cedarville, currently plays in France) was not able to help SPO Rouen in their game against Nantes in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Nwogbo also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. But his team was edged 73-71. Nwogbo averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #7. Experienced Kieron Achara (208-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a 2-point Glasgow Rocks' victory against the league leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers 113-111 in the British BBL last Sunday. Achara recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Achara averaged so far 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg. He holds both Scottish and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Yamagata in their game against Sendai 89ers in the Japanese B2 League, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Maduabum was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. But his team lost 72-82. Maduabum averaged so far 14.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.6bpg in 50 games.

   #9. Zaid Hearst (193-G-92, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Nevezis in their game against Prienu Skycop in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Hearst was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. But his team lost 91-96. Hearst averaged so far 14.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg in nine games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Hampton, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Holargos' victory against the closely-ranked Aris 76-63 in the Greek A1 on Wednesday night. Agbelese scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Agbelese has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.9bpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

  




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