Chamberlain Oguchi is pictured above, holding the 2015 FIBA AfroBasket championship trophy. Oguchi led his Nigerian national team in scoring with 16.6 ppg as they defeated Angola 74-65. He is undoubtedly Nigeria’s best individual threat against the U.S. national team. He’s spent short stints in the NBA D-League and has even drew interest from multiple NBA teams. He now plays professionally in Poland.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil beginning August 5th, the USA Basketball team is set to play 5 countries in 5 different cities (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Oakland, and Houston). As the U.S. team stops in Houston, they will play Nigeria’s national team at the Toyota Center. Nigerians make up about 150,000 individuals in the greater Houston area, larger than any other African group that resides in the city.
Now to those that follow the U.S. men’s basketball exhibition game history know that these games are almost laughable. Almost a scrimmage in a way for the respective teams to get in rhythm right before the olympics or FIBA play starts. The last time Nigeria played the USA in basketball (2012), this happened:
Hopefully the outcome of this exhibition game will be a lot more competitive and more fun to watch. I plan on showing up since I live in Houston! Team USA has not made it’s final roster cuts for the game yet. They are still considering a list of 31 NBA players.
You can purchase your tickets for the USA vs. Nigeria exhibition game on August 1st here.
- Credits: Youtube.com (For the video), espn.com (For the photo).
- By: Terrence Whaley