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Michael Efevberha's 30 points make him top Nigerian player abroad of the week - Apr 19, 2019


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


Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon). He led Homentmen to a victory over the closely-ranked Beirut Club (12-4) 98-80 in a derby game in the Lebanese LBL in Monday night's game. Efevberha was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks (made all of his six free throws) in 34 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Homentmen Beirut (12-4) is placed second in the LBL. Efevberha has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 84.4% in 20 games he played so far. Efevberha has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ike Iroegbu
Ike Iroegbu
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Ike Iroegbu (188-95, college: WSU, currently plays in Lithuania). He was the major contributor in Lietkabelis' victory against one of league's weakest teams Siauliai (6-25) crushing them 101-81 in the Lithuanian LKL on Thursday night. Iroegbu recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Panevezys Lietkabelis (20-11) is placed fourth in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Iroegbu has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 45.5%(20-44) and FT: 70.5% in 12 games. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Stan Okoye
Stan Okoye
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI, currently plays in Spain). Okoye could not help Zaragoza (13-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Zaragoza was defeated 91-86 at home by the leading FC Barcelona. Okoye recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Okoye has relatively good stats this season: 14.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 42.8% and FT: 76.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Okoye is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #4. Power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Eilat (18-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hapoel Eilat lost 92-99 on the road to the leading Maccabi T-A. Braimoh was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Braimoh's first season with the team. Braimoh has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2016.

Talib Zanna
Talib Zanna
   #5. International power forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Ironi Nes-Ziona (12-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Ironi Nes-Ziona was crushed 100-73 in Jerusalem by the second-ranked Hapoel. Zanna was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Ironi Nes-Ziona's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Zanna has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2spg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #6. Forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Sendai 89ers (38-20) 80-64 in the Japanese B2 League last Saturday. He scored 20 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group East. Gunma Crane Thunders (42-16) are placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kuso has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8bpg and 1.4spg in 57 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team twelve years ago.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #7. Former international power forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Shiga L-Stars (18-40) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lawal's very good performance the fifth-placed Shiga L-Stars (18-40) were crushed 92-65 in Nagoya by the second-ranked Diamond Dolphins in the West group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds. Lawal also added 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Lawal has very high stats. He averages: 21.0ppg, 12.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5bpg. Lawal has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He used to play for the Nigerian national team six years ago.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #8. Forward Melvin Ejim (201-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a 2-point Unics Kazan's victory against the sixth-ranked Zenit (14-10) 74-72 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Ejim scored 9 points in 18 minutes. Unics Kazan (19-5) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. This year Ejim's overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 5.9rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2012.

Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
   #9. International forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33) 104-99 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Aminu recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks (made all of his six free throws). The Portland Trail Blazers have a solid 53-29 record this season. It was his team's third 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. He has reliable stats this season: 9.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg. Aminu also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA U19 national team, Aminu is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Tonye Jekiri
Tonye Jekiri
   #10. Center Tonye Jekiri (213-94, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Gaziantep (14-10) in their game against Tofas (17-8) in the Turkish BSL. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes. Gaziantep was defeated 77-67 in Bursa by the higher-ranked Tofas (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Jekiri's stats this season are: 12.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) couldn't help Levallois in their game against Le Portel in the French Jeep ELITE ProA. Ibekwe scored 8 points. His team was defeated 83-78. Ibekwe's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ibekwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International guard Caleb Agada (193-94, agency: Blacktop Management, college: Ottawa, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto (18-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Melilla Baloncesto was edged 62-59 in Bilbao by the second-ranked RETAbet BB. Agada was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Agada's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg and 2.3spg in 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Agada is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Daniel Ochefu (211-93, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Movil Estudiantes in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 9 minutes. It was his first game for Leche Rio Breogan this season. His team was crushed by 33 points 95-62. Ochefu used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

   #14. International guard Obi Emegano (190-93, college: ORU, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams JDA Dijon in their game against Monaco in the French Jeep ELITE ProA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Emegano scored only 3 points in 21 minutes. His team was edged 84-81. This year Emegano's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. Former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy in their game against SPO Rouen in the French ProB (second division). Odiakosa scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 82-68. Odiakosa has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team fifteen 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 Detroit Pistons (41-41) crushing them 120-99 in the NBA last Wednesday. Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid 60-22 record this season. It's Antetokounmpo's sixth year with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 27.6ppg, 12.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Peter Olisemeka (204-C-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Academik Plovdiv to a victory over the closely-ranked Yambol (8-15) 90-82 in the Bulgarian NBL last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Olisemeka scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv (12-11) is placed fourth in the NBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Olisemeka's first season with the team. This year Olisemeka has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg and 11.7rpg in 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Italian.

   #3. Moses Kingsley (208-F-94, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Belgium) could not help Antwerp Giants (20-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kingsley's very good performance the league leader Antwerp Giants was edged 81-80 on the road by the second-ranked Oostende. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Kingsley also added 4 rebounds. It's Kingsley's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg and 3.9rpg. Kingsley has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #4. Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: FSU, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Crvena Zvezda in their game against Buducnost (16-6) in the ABA League. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The league leader Crvena Zvezda was defeated 84-80 in Podgorica by the lower-ranked Buducnost (#3). Ojo's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 6.4rpg. Worth to mention Ojo played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #5. Micheal Eric (210-C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Darussafaka (20-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Eric's good performance Darussafaka was defeated 89-82 at home by the lower-ranked Banvit (#8). He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Eric has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Experienced Kieron Achara (208-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the ninth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix 86-76 in the British BBL last Sunday. Achara was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Achara has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Scottish and Nigerian.

   #7. Ike Joseph Udanoh (203-PF-89, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Sidigas AV in their game against Banco di Srd in the Italian Serie A. Udanoh scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 105-84. Udanoh has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg in seven games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yamagata (21-37) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Yamagata (#5) were crushed 104-77 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#4) Fukushima in the East group. Maduabum had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Maduabum's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.6bpg in 52 games.

   #9. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: Siena, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Portel's victory against one of league's weakest teams Levallois 83-78 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA in Friday night's game. Anosike scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Anosike's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.1apg in 20 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: Hampton, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Holargos in their game against Lavrio in the Greek A1. Agbelese scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was defeated 76-69. Agbelese's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.9bpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

  




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