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Celebrating Team Nigeria! Nigeria’s Basketball Team, D’Tigers Makes its First Olympics Appearance Amidst Critics & Kicks Off with a WIN | Meet the Team Members

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As our Nigerian Athletes compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games, BN would be celebrating some of our stars who have worked hard, trained hard and are striving to achieve their very best. At the World Games, they have come to test themselves in healthy competition with athletes from across the world and strive for their personal best daily.

We identify with their courage and wish them the very best as they bring glory to Nigeria. Go for Victory, Team Nigeria!

The Nigerian Basketball Team, D’Tigers is making its first Olympic appearance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Despite the fact that Nigeria has always been an African power, one of its weakest zones in sports is the Basketball ranking. Their journey to their qualification to the games wasn’t an easy one even as basketball analysts such as ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla said that Nigeria has no chance.

Despite many stumbling blocks, they shocked everyone by beating European powerhouse Greece and Venezuela on their way to qualifying for the 12-team Basketball competition in London.

Yesterday, they made an impressive start by winning their first game at the London 2012 Olympics, beating Tunisia 60-56.

With this win, D’Tigers have become the first basketball team in Nigeria’s sporting history to win a match at the Olympics.
The team needs just one more win to get through to the next round.

Let’s meet the members of the team.

Olumide Oyedeji

Born on May 11, 1981 in Ibadan, Nigeria, Olumide is a  Nigerian professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association. He is known most notably for his time at the American National Basketball Association.

He was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft.

At 6′ 10″, he plays the center position.

 

Ikechukwu Diogu

Ike Diogu was born on the 11th of September 1983 in Garland, Texas. He joined Arizona State in the 2002/2003 season. He went on to average 21.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds in his College career, earning himself Pac-10 honours in his last year. He continued to impress scouts with his back to the basket game, and when he entered the NBA draft, the Golden State Warriors took him at #9 that same year.

Diogu stands at 6 foot 9 inches tall which is considered slightly undersized for an NBA power forward, but he makes up for his lack of height with his muscle, girth and 7’4″ wingspan.

 

Richard Oruche

Richard Oruche was born on August 30, 1987 in Illinois, USA.

He is 6’4″ and plays in the Guard position.

Oruche, 25, graduated from UIS in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has been playing basketball professionally in Portugal for two seasons. Most recently, he played for the Associacao Academica de Coimbra where he averaged 15.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season.

 

 

 

 

Ejike Ugboaja

Ejike Ugboaja (born  May 28, 1985) is a Nigerian basketball player. He is the first African player to be drafted by the American NBA straight from Africa (Cleveland Cavaliers, second round, 2006) without playing for any time for a European team or American college.

After having a try-out in Poland with Kager Gydnia, he now signed a pro-contract in Cyprus to play for Omonia Nicosia. The power forward was also a member of the junior-national team of Nigeria that competed in the World Championships in Argentina and the senior-national team that competed in the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Adeola Dagunduro

Adeola Dagunduro was born on May 22, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a Nigerian American professional basketball player.

After playing high school basketball at Inglewood High, Dagunuro then played College basketballat  Mt. San Antonio College(2004-2005), Antelope Valley CC(2005-2007), and the University of Nebraska, where he played with the Nebraska Cornhuskers(2007-2009).

 

 

 

Chamberlain Oguchi

Born on April 28, 1986 in Houston, Texas, Chamberlain is a Nigerain American Basketball player. He is a 6’6″, 200 pound guard-forward. Oguchi played for the University of Oregonfor three years before transferring to Illinois State Universityin 2007. He is currently a member of the Nigeria National Basketball Team.

In 2009, Oguchi signed with STB Le Havrein France

 

Alade Aminu

Abdul Alade Aminu was born on September 14, 1987. He is a Nigerian American professional basketball player currently playing for the French Pro A team Elan Chalon. He played college basketball at Georgia Tech.

Aminu graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009 and went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft. He started the 2009 season with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Development League before being traded in March to the Bakersfield Jam. His brother is NBA player Al-Farouq Aminu.

 

Al-Farouq Aminu

Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu was born on September 21, 1990, in Georgia, United States. He is an American born Nigerian basketball player for the New Orleans Hornets. Aminu was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 8th overall pick.

Aminu went to Norcross High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008. He was ranked #7 in the nation by Rivals.com and #13 by Scout.com

On December 14, 2011, the Clippers traded Aminu, and three other players to the New Orleans Hornets.

 

 

 

Ekene Ibekwe

Ekene Brian Ibekwe is a basketball Power Forward. He was born on 19th July, 1985 in Los Angeles, California.

Ibekwe, who also played for the Carson High School’s Boys Basketball team, graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park and was a member of the Nigeria National Basketball Team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship where he was one of the team leaders in points (4th) and rebounds (1st).

 

 

Aniekan Archibong

Aniekan Archibong was born on May 10, 1981 in California, United States.

He is 6’9″ and weighs 98kg.

He played professional basketball for Dusseldorf Giants from October 2009 to May 2010; BBC Bayreuth from August 2010 to May 2011; LTi Giessen 46ers in Germany between September 2011 and May 2012. In all three teams, he was the co-captain.

He studied at University of Liverpool and University of Pennysylvania.

 Derrick Obasohan

Born on April 18, 1981 in Houston, Texas, Derrick is a professional basketball player.

Obasohan has played in both the top division in Spain, the Liga ACB, and in the second-tier European competition, the Eurocup.

Obasohan represented Nigeria at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship. He is representing Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

 

 

 

Anthony Skinn

Tony Oludewa Jeffrey Skinn, born on February 8, 1983 in Lagos, Nigeria is a professional basketball player, and a former college basketball player, who played starting guard for the George Mason University Patriots.

In 2006, Skinn signed a contract to play with the Croatian club Split, of the Adriatic League, after he wasn’t drafted in the 2006 NBA Draft.

In July 2007, Skinn was invited to play for the Orlando Magic at the Orlando Summer League.

He signed on August 5, 2009, with Pistoia Basket of the Italian Second Division. On Oct 1st, 2010, Skinn signed with the New Yorker Phantoms of the German League.

 

 

BN celebrates the doggedness of the team members who made a surprising qualification for the Olympics and have kicked off to a good start.

Goodluck D’Tigers!

Sources: Hoopedia | Wikipedia

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

52 Comments

  1. JAnomaly

    July 30, 2012 at 6:17 am

    This are some handsome men. Good job guys. Now, go beat the next team and bring a medal home.

  2. JAnomaly

    July 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

    *These

  3. laughchild

    July 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hawt hawt hawt…BDW am single lol

  4. mina

    July 30, 2012 at 7:14 am

    handsome? questionable in my book, but okay. But they got the resilience and tenacious uncorrupted spirit that all nigerians, regardless of tribe carry proudly with them. I pray for my brothers from another mother, and hopefully they would bring us back something that will make us smile, because we are tired of crying and burying our futures. May God be their strength and give them wisdom. Lets show them why we are the heart of AFRICA!!! LETS GET IT !! WOOT WOOT!!! P.S. Skinn you so fineeee, never knew you were nigerian..I like Oludewa better as you name, it has strength to it..lol

  5. susidammy

    July 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    wow!….. good job guys…..did anyone notice that they all schooled abroad…..thats obviously the reason they got professional training

  6. faith

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Wow! They r so cute…I wish Dem well in London Olympic.

  7. birdieblue

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I don’t get it. If these guys are already professional why dod the critics think they don’t have a chance?? Well done team Nigeria jare Go tigers go go!!!!!

  8. Mum Enoch

    July 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

    These guys are on fire… Am well assured that they are bringing the medal home

  9. keri

    July 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

    oruche all the way!!!
    #TeamNigeria#

  10. Theodora

    July 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

    TEAM NIGERIA all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyy, i have hope in these guys strong hope

  11. Ginika

    July 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Well, if you are not an Nigerian American, your chances of being on the team is 25%…hehe
    I wish them all the best.

  12. yinka

    July 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Go D’tiger! Make us proud.

  13. eesha

    July 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

    They all have American training one way or the other, hence their performance. Go TEAM NIGERIA.

  14. LPS

    July 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

    @ Eesha: My point exactly..none was surulere trained. So proud
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  15. Myne Whitman

    July 30, 2012 at 9:34 am

    All the best guys!

  16. olah

    July 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

    i shall go and watch their next game…….

  17. Tony

    July 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Its great to recognise our hard working athletes. Good job

    Also, Nigeria didn’t beat Venezuela. We lost to them but qualified due to a better head 2 head record.

  18. lesbo'chic

    July 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

    American Nigerian…well de played well on sunday sha

  19. Eugenia

    July 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

    lovely team……am proud of them. i wish them d best

  20. uche

    July 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    AMERICAN TEAM

  21. Ewurafua

    July 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I appreiate that although the majority of them were born in the USA, they are still playing for the Nigerian team. That is a lot more than I an say about my fellow Ghanaian Brits! All of them are playing for England! Very disappointing!!

  22. vincent libosso

    July 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

    all the best to team nigeria in the world cup and we are waiting for you in the short races to rep africa the mamaland…vincent from nairobi kenya

  23. TUNDE OREBIYI

    July 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Note, Nigeria today cannot,again cannot get TIGERS more than this. I believed and was to be with them in Venezuela but the unforeseen stopped me. Gudluck Big Guys, we are behind you.

  24. lily

    July 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    these guys are not bad at all…watched their game(if only they would stop falling on d ground)….and they make good baskets tooo…whooop! was so surprised by their skills but then what do you expect from an internationally groomed theme…..go D’tigers!!! will definitely watch you guys on 2nd August (NIG vs USA) *almost sweating…cnt wait*…….we they behind u guys and best of luck #basketballfanatic#

  25. lily

    July 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    *team*

  26. Nene

    July 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    They are playing for Nigeria because they’d be considered scrubs in the USA, where most of them have dual citizenship. Don’t get it twisted. Wish them luck though.

    • lily

      July 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      @Nene i wouldnt necessarily call them ‘scrubs’ in the US because the last I checked, Aminu was playing for New Orleans Hornets…now thats hardly a “scrub” team. besides all the good players cannot all b selected to play for teamUSA (e.g Dwanyne Wade). so b4 you start to diss other peoples hustle get your facts right. take your own advice…dnt get it twisted.

    • Boyo

      July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      On a side note, the only reason Dwayne Wade is not on the team is because of his injury / surgery.

    • MattDickinson

      July 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      @ lily New Orleans Hornets ranks #20 in the NBA power rankings so they are not all that good. The chances of them beating team USA is probably like 2%.

    • Love

      July 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      My dear, they are not scrubs o! I’m sure if the real scrubs had been chosen, you’ll complain. Now that we have a pretty decent team, you’re still complaining. In fact, these are the kind of people that should be representing Nigeria!

  27. 47vids.com

    July 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the breakdown on the team, cool…47vids.com

  28. Ejike Chuks

    July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    That’s my boys making me proud. But don’t let it get into ya heads, cos USA team is as good as you playing against NBA All stars, I don’t know the chances you guys have over them. all the same don’t let USA brutalize us, those guys are born champions in this game. wish you guys all the best.

  29. ayo

    July 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Go guys,let’s get that 2nd win again Lituania 2moro and pls more offensive flow,knock dem free throws down and make better conversions on the fast breaks.
    @nene,I gat ur point that they wud not even have made it to the u.s natl team but there dual citizenship gave them the chance to be olympians and don’t get it twisted there are countless of NBA stars who would have easily make a u.s team but choose their fatherland examples like dirk-germany,tony parker-france,nash-canada,joakim noah-france.Hakeem played for the usa only bcos there was no 9ja organized natl team and it will affect his marketability as he is refered to as the dream.
    @bn,they beat lituania and greece andbarely lost of russia.venezuela is no european team and they are not a powerhouse either.
    Nuff said guys,get the win 2moro for the sure chance.already ff most of the playas on twitter.

    • Nene

      July 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      You clearly do not know the rules of naturalization. There’s no way Dirk, Tony, Gasol brothers etc will play on the US team since they have too many stars already. And cos Aminu plays for the hornets doesn’t mean he’s not average, maybe not a complete scrub (by NBA standards). There are lots of role players on teams.

    • lily

      July 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      @Nene go and sit down joor and stop calling these guys scrubs!!! u can only type here…what are you doing 4 ur country? mcheeew…abeg back to my game joor(although naija is losing now:(

  30. Lulu

    July 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Impressive!!!

  31. Princess of Zion

    July 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    WOW! I love the team; it’s inspiring to see that apart from the national team, they have their respective teams! Great! All the best guys

  32. Oly

    July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    WoW, wish them hard against the g8 team:USA & FRANCE. Pray that they upset one of these big names in basketball. GOOD LUCK GUYS.

  33. Ndidi

    July 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Good luck guys. Make us proud!!!

  34. konnie

    July 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    much luck dude. good luck and God bless

  35. cathy

    July 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    all them are hot

  36. chike

    July 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    all the best, they are all american breed thats why they can go far its part of the culture there, how ironic that naijas are ready to embrace them now but if they come back home looking for opportunities to progress its the same naijas that will block them. Well done guys go for it, Baba l’oke will reward you.

  37. Bella Naija Critic

    July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I dont care that 99% of them are America bred, it only makes them better, I couldn’t be more proud. Go Tigers!!!

  38. Bianca

    July 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I’m rooting for U.S.A all the way in the olympics but can’t forget home. These men are making us proud, and I’m so impressed they chose to represent Nigeria. These are some fine men too. Green white Green!!!

  39. EricDupre

    July 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    It’s impressive that we have a basketball team representing Nigeria, but I’ve got to root for Team USA.

  40. Love

    July 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    When I saw the people walking for Team Nigeria during the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony, I was like see fine boys o! They don’t look like the type that have been bitten by mosquitoes :p Go Team Nigeria!!!

  41. ao

    July 31, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Their not scrubs…but Olympians!

  42. folly

    July 31, 2012 at 2:34 am

    they cant go any where. thats the best they can do beating an african mate.

  43. Tosin

    July 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Eeeyaaa, props to them for threading through the match with Tunisia. Don’t normally watch BB, but anything for my country at the Olympics. Looks like they had a lot to learn from that match: persistence, though Tunisia had a bit more to learn: delay tactics.
    Kudos, and I hope you guys take this as far as a medal.

  44. kim

    July 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Can we have a word on the Coach that selected & blended a far flung team like this together

  45. Onyx from Canada

    July 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Go team Naija! Anywhere you go, Naija for show…..all da way!!!!!!

  46. teemafrique

    August 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I watched their first match against Tunisia and they did great! I pray they continue the winning streak….. lovely men they are sha!!!

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