|Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games
- by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Nigerians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Karsiyaka (23-7) in their last game. Despite Aminu's good performance Karsiyaka was edged 79-77 at home by the leading Galatasaray.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court.
Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.7%(165-255) and FT: 67.4% in the 33 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Ere was not able to help Cimberio Varese (23-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Cimberio Varese was edged 78-77 on the road by the lower-ranked Montepaschi Siena (#5).
Ere was the top scorer with 22 points.
It's Ere's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 73.8%.
Ere has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.
He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.
#3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). He was the major contributor in Leones' victory against the seventh-ranked Caciques (13-15) 90-79 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game.
Diogu recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Leones de Ponce (12-0) is placed in the BSN.
So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season.
Diogu belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Diogu averages: 21.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 78.0%.
He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.
Diogu is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.
#4. Power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the league leader Cimberio Varese (23-7) 72-59 in the Italian SerieA last Thursday.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes.
Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Eze is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.4bpg.
This year he also averages: 5.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 36 games.
Eze has both Nigerian and Italian nationalities.
He used to play for the Nigerian national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Pall.Trento (14-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pall.Trento lost 79-87 on their home court in Trento to the higher-ranked (#5) C.de Latte BRE.
Umeh was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 34 minutes.
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 35 games.
He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.
Umeh used to play for the Nigerian national team
two years ago.
#6. Shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
Oguchi scored only 2 points.
G.Canaria 2014 was crushed 84-62 on their home court in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3).
This season Oguchi averages just 0.8ppg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.
The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:
#1. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their last game. Despite Lawal's very good performance Lottomatica Roma lost 73-81 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Cantu.
He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Lawal also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Lawal belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (second place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5bpg in the 42 games he played so far.
Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.
#2. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Indios to a victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-14) crushing them 100-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night.
Efejuku was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Indios de Mayaguez (17-12) is placed fourth in the BSN.
Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg.
Efejuku is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican.
Other top Nigerian players, who play abroad:
Etinosa Erevbenagie (183-G-95) plays for Panathinaikos in Greek A1
Festus Ezeli (210-C-89) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA
Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) plays for Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA
Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Michael Efevberha (197-G-84) plays for CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic NBL
Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) plays for Azovmash in Ukrainian Superleague
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) plays for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA
Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) plays for Tofas in Turkish TBL
Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81) plays for Cholet in French ProA
Notice: The list above includes only some of the Nigerian playing currently abroad. Go to Nigerian Abroad Page to see completed list.