D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora has released a 44 man preliminary roaster ahead of the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup in China, after weeks of scouting.
The camping exercise which will commence on July 7, 2019 in Erie Community College, Buffalo, USA will include D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, Ben Uzoh, Ike Iroegbu, Agada Caleb, Emegano Obinna, Efevhera Michael, Portland Trailblazer’s Al Farouq Aminu, Stanley Okoye, Jordan Nwora, Aminu Alade, Tosin Mehinti, Zana Talib, Chris Obekpa and Ayodeji Akindele who all featured during the qualifiers.
Others include David Nwaba (Cleveland Cavaliers), Josh Akogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Nwamu Ike (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Michael Eric, Charles Bassey, Ike Obiagu, Achiuwa Precious, TK Edogi, Stephen Ugochukwu and Ado Abdul, Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs), Ekpe Udoh (Utah Jazz) and recently drafted trio of Miye Oni (Miami Heat), Chuma Okeke (Orlando Magic) and Kezie Okpalla (Phoenix Suns).
Nwora also extended invitation to five Nigerian based stars, Agu Abuchi Ibe, Okpe Ocheibi Victor, Abdul Yahaya, Vincent Buchi Nwaiwu, Victor Koko Anthony alongside former Golden State Warriors player, Festus Ezeli, Michael Oguine, and Jordan Ogundiran.
Ogugua “OG” Anunoby (Toronto Raptors), Semi Ojeleye (Boston Celtic), Ochai Agbaji, Vincent Nnamdi, Stephen Domingos, Moneke Chima and Joshua Ifeoluwa Ajayi complete the 44- man list.
As part of the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s effort to effectively prepare the team, D’Tigers will face fellow world cup bound Dominican Republic at the Palacio de Los Deportes in San Domingo on July 20th and 22nd before another test game against Ex NBA and Euro All Stars on the July 26, as they round off the first phase of camping.
The Second phase of camping will commence on July 29, while the invited NBA players are expected to report to camp on August 1 before departing for Toronto on August 5, where they will be facing Canada on the August 7 and 9.
Nwora will be assisted by Glynn R. Cyrien (Ex Memphis Grizzlies), Mfon Kokoete Udofia (Atlanta Hawks) and Ogoh Odaudu (Rivers Hoopers)
The final 12-man list will depart for Nigeria on August 12, for the final round of training before leaving for China on August 18.
Nigeria battle Korea, Argentina and Russia in Group B
1 Ben Uzoh - CB Caballaeros, Chile
2 Ike Iroegbu - Science City Germany
3 Michael Oguine - University of Montana USA
4 Jordfan Ogundiran - Cal Poly Pomona USA
5 Agu Abuchi Ibe - Defenders, Nigeria
6 David Nwaba - Cleveland Cavaliers
7 Ochai Agbaji - Kansas University USA
8 Josh Akogie - Minneasota Timberwolves, USA
9 Vincent Nnamdi Stockton Kings USA
10 Miye Oni - Miami Heat USA
11 Agada Caleb - Melillq Baloncesto Spain
12 Nwamu Ike - Fort Wayne Mad Ants
13 Emegano Obinna - Rouen Basket France
14 Efevhera Michael - Homemement Lebanon
15 Stephen Domingos Donar Holland
16 Okpe Ocheibi Victor Defenders, Nigeria
17 Stanley Okoye Tecyconta Zaragoza Spain
18 OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Canada
19 Jordan Nwora Louisville University USA
20 Al Farouq Aminu Portland Trailblazers USA
21 Achiuwa Precious Memphis University USA
22 Chuma Okeke Orlando Magic USA
23 Semi Ojeleye Boston Celtics USA
24 Abdul Yahaya Rivers Hoopers, Nigeria
25 Kezie Okpalla Phoenix Suns USA
26 TK Edogi Sakarya BSB Turkey
27 Stephen Ugochukwu Texas Legends USA
28 Diogu Ike Sichun Blue Whales Cihna
29 Aminu Alade Hapoel SP tel Aviv Israel
30 Chimezie Metu San Antonio Spurs USA
31 Moneke N. I. Chima Melbourne Phoenix, Australia
32 Tosin Mehinti Real Murcia, Spain
33 Vincen Buchi Nwaiwu Rivers Hoopers Nigeria
34 Zana Talib Hapoel SP tel Aviv Israel
35 Joshua Ifeoluwa Ajayi South Alabama University, USA
36 Chris Obekpa Al Riyadh Lebanon
37 Ekpe Udoh Utah Jazz USA
38 Micahel Eric Darussafaka , Turkey
39 Victor Koko Anthony Rivers Hoopers Nigeria
40 Charles Bassey Western Kentucky USA
41 Fetus Ezeli Former Golden State Warriors, USA
42 Ado Abdul Mississipi State USA
43 Ike Obiagu Seaton Hall University USA
44 Ayodeji Akindele Fuerza Regia Mexico
COACHES AND STAFF
1 Alexander Nwora - Head Coach
2 Glynn R. Cyrien - Assistant Coach
3 Mfon Kokoete Udofia - Assistant Coach
4 Ogoh Odaudu- Assistant Coach
5 Musa Adamu - General Manager