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NBA Draft 2020 || Meet The Eight Nigerians That Got Drafted || LaMelo Ball
• 4:28 Skip Ad Lifetime Deal AD www.doodly.com GET DOODLY #nba #nbadraft #nbadraft2020 NBA Draft 2020 || Meet The Eight Nigerians That Got Drafted || LaMelo Ball 447 views 17 1 Share Save Report Sidomex Entertainment 2.01K subscribers SUBSCRIBE Published on Nov 19, 2020 #nba #nbadraft #nbadraft2020 The NBA Draft 2020 was held on November 18, 2020. The draft was originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in June, but was instead conducted at ESPN's facilities in Bristol, Connecticut, with the event held via video-conferencing. As expected, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and LaMelo Ball were the top three picks at the delayed 2020 NBA draft. However, it was also a historic night for the Nigerian basketball faithful, as a record eight players of Nigerian descent were drafted on Thursday. Let's go through a brief introduction. 1. Isaac Okoro. 19-year-old Okoro became the highest-drafted Nigerian in 22 years since Michael Olowokandi was drafted number one overall pick in 1998 by the LA Clippers. The Small Forward, selected number five overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers was born on 26 January 2001, to Nigerian parents in Atlanta. Okoro whose toughness and versatility has earned him a spot in the NBA, represented the United States two years ago at the FIBA under 17 World Cup in Argentina. 2. Onyeka Okongwu. 20-year-old Okongwu, born on 11 December 2000, in Los Angeles was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the sixth pick. His selection sparked intense emotions as the Los Angeles born youngster paid tribute to his older brother, Nnamdi, who tragically lost his life in a skateboarding accident in 2014. 3. Precious Achiuwa. Achiuwa was born in the oil-rich Nigerian city of Port Harcourt in September 1999 but moved to the United States as a teenager. He was drafted with the number 20 pick by the Miami Heat. Like most Nigerian kids, he started out playing football but switched to basketball in eighth grade. And in 2001, he committed to playing college basketball for the Memphis Tigers. Achiuwa is described as having an elite physical profile and ideal defensive versatility. The Heat’s Head of basketball operations Pat Riley enthused about drafting him. He says. We are very excited to have him. We think he fits in perfectly, and I’m excited that at 20, we were able to find a player who is that good and who has that kind of quality. 4. Zeke Nnaji. Zeke was selected with the 22nd pick by Denver Nuggets. Having often decked out in Nigerian attires, he seems to be very in touch with his Nigerian roots. He is described as a wiry, strong, big mobile man with the potential to become a perimeter shooter. He has a sister named Maya who is also a highly rated recruit with Hopkins High School. 5. Uzoka Azubuike. Azubuike was selected with the 27th pick by the Utah Jazz. The Lagos-born defender is described as an elite shot-blocker with immense size and athleticism. 6. Desmond Bane. 22-year-old Bane was selected with the 30th pick by the Boston Celtics before getting traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He was born on 25 June 1998, in the United States. 7. Daniel Oturu. Power Forward, Oturu, was selected in the 33rd pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. His father, Francis, was a professional table tennis player who represented Nigeria. He joins D’Tigers player, Josh Okogié, another Nigerian-born American, at the Timberwolves. 8. Jordan Nwora. Nwora’s selection in the 45th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks capped a historic draft night for Nigeria. The 22-year-old forward represents Nigeria’s D’Tigers at the international level. He broke his country’s record for the most points scored in a single game in a 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying match. He was born in Buffalo, New York to a Nigerian father, Alexander Nwora, who led Nigeria’s D’Tigers to the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament, and an American mother in 1998.
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