#10. Guard Daniel Nwaelele (193-84, college: Air Force, currently plays in France) managed to help Paris-Levallois in a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (0-3) 79-77 in the French ProA in Saturday night’s game. He scored 5 points in 16 minutes. Paris-Levallois (1-2) is placed 14th in the ProA. This year Nwaelele’s total stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Nwaelele is international player as one years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.
#11. International small forward Jamal Olasewere (201-91, also represented by HMS, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) couldn’t help Agribertocchi OR in their game against Alma Trieste in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Agribertocchi OR this season. But his team lost 73-78. Olasewere holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.
#12. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn’t help Kagawa FA in their game against Kanazawa Samuraiz in the Japanese B2 League. Kuso recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team were defeated 76-67. Kuso has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 5.5rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.
The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:
#1. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) could not help JDA Dijon (2-1) in their last game. Despite Sulaimon’s very good performance JDA Dijon lost 74-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) JL Bourg. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Sulaimon also added 5 assists in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only his second season in pro basketball. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Sulaimon has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite Sulaimon’s Nigerian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.
#2. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) led Strasbourg IG to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Chalons-Reims (1-2) crushing them 93-72 in the French ProA in Tuesday night’s game. Otule scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG Basket (3-0) is placed fifth in the ProA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it’s first stage and everything can happen. This season Otule averages: 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.
#3. Tonye Jekiri (213-C-94, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in Oostende‘s victory against one of league’s weakest teams Leuven Bears (0-2) crushing them 82-60 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Saturday. Jekiri scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Telenet BC Oostende (2-0) is placed second in the Euromillions League. But there are still lots of games to play and it’s a long way to go. This year Jekiri has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg and 6.0rpg in two games.
#4. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: Siena, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Real Betis (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Real Betis was defeated 90-80 at home by the much higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#7). Anosike was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds. This season Anosike has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.
#5. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Sendai 89ers (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ashaolu’s very good performance the fourth-placed Sendai 89ers (1-2) lost 72-77 on their home court in Sendai to the higher-ranked (#3) Toyotsu FE in the East group. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 21 minutes. Ashaolu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games. Ashaolu also holds two passports: Nigerian and Canadian. Despite his Nigerian nationality, Ashaolu previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Nigerian team.
#6. Michael Ojo (216-C-93, college: Florida St., currently plays in ABA League) led his Serbian team FMP to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked MZT Skopje crushing them 100-72 in the ABA League in Tuesday night’s game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Ojo has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg.
#7. Michael Fakuade (201-F-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Gipuzkoa in their game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 76-84. This year Fakuade’s overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg in two games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.
#8. Experienced Reggie Okosa (207-C-80, college: La Salle, currently plays in Chile) couldn’t help Espanol de Talca (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Okosa’s very good performance the third-placed Espanol de Talca was edged 75-73 in Concepcion by the lower-ranked Universidad de (#4) in the Conferencia Centro. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. It was his first game for Espanol de Talca this season. Okosa holds both American and Nigerian passports.
#9. Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Italy) couldn’t help VL Pesaro (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked VL Pesaro was edged 73-70 on their home court in Pesaro by the much higher-ranked (#5) Germani BR. Omogbo had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes. It was his first game for VL Pesaro this season. Omogbo holds both American and Nigerian passports.
#10. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Germany) couldn’t help Oettinger Rockets Gotha in their game against EWE Baskets in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday He was the top scorer with 17 points. Obasohan also added 4 passes. This season Obasohan has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. He holds both Belgian and Nigerian passports.
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