Sport News

ICYMI: Eight Nigerians Make 2020 NBA Draft

The first round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft took place on Wednesday, and eight players of Nigerian origin got lucky in the first 60 draft picks.

Two of them, Precious Achiuwa and Udoka Azubuike, were born in Nigeria.

“Precious Achiuwa was selected 20th overall by the Miami Heat and Udoka Azubuike was selected 27th overall by the Utah Jazz, marking the first time that two players from Nigeria were selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft,” a report on the NBA’s official website reads.

“Achiuwa and Azubuike are among the eight draftees from or with at least one parent from Nigeria, including Isaac Okoro (5th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers), Onyeka Okongwu (6th overall by the Atlanta Hawks), Zeke Nnaji (22nd overall by the Denver Nuggets).”

Others are: “Desmond Bane (30th overall by the Boston Celtics), Daniel Oturu (33rd overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves) and Jordan Nwora (45th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks).”

“I think it’s big,” Achiuwa said in a pre-Draft Zoom call with ESPN.

“It just shows there’s a big talent culture in Nigeria when it comes to basketball, athleticism and athletes as a whole in general.

“It speaks to how competitive we are and our willingness to be better in whatever we do.”

Help Aledeh News deliver the independent journalism Nigeria and the world need. Support us by making a contribution. Your donation allows Aledeh News to be completely independent. But it also means this online platform is only possible because of the support of readers like you. Support Now!

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close Bitnami banner