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Nigeria 27-player preliminary squad announced for RIO - May 4, 2016


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The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.

The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.

The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide, Stanley Okoye and Michael Umeh.

Among the fifteen players outside the twelve gold-medal winners in 2015 in Tunisia with making a return to the Nigerian side while others are being called up for the first time as Nigeria looks for a better outing in RIO.

These fifteen with only two from the Nigerian domestic league includes, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell.

Nigeria head coach, Will Voigt promised to make history with Nigeria in RIO by ensuring that the team makes it out of the group stage of the Olympics.

Coach Voigt will be expected to bring his magic wand to bear as the African champion makes its second appearance at the basketball event of the Olympics having gone through a more tedious qualification to be at the London 2012 Games as they are paired against some of the World best in the game.

Ranked 25 in world Nigeria four known group-B opponents are in the top-ten bracket in the world ranking with Spain (2), Lithuania (3), Argentina (4) and host Brazil (9) as it await a fifth opponent who is to emerged from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Nigeria will open it RIO campaign against Argentina on August 7th, Lithuania on 9th, Spain on the 11th, the third nation that would emerged at the OQT on the 13th and host Brazil on the 15th.

The Nigerian side will open its preparation in July in the United States of America; the team will make a trip to China where it will participate in the Stankovic Cup and possible warm-up games against Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China and the USA before moving to RIO on August 2nd.

Nigeria 27-player preliminary squad for RIO Olympics: Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide Stanley Okoye, Michael Umeh, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell.
Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.)   



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  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
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 6. Haddadi,18.8 
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Rebounds Per Game
 Andray BLATCHE
  USA
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
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 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
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 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
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 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  ESP
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
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 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
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 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
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