D’Tigers and D’Tigress coaches have released their final 12 man roster for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after about a month camping exercise in Sacramento and Las Vegas.
Four players are in line to make their debut as D’Tigers head coach, Mike Brown, selected Miami Heat’s duo of KZ Okpala and Precious Achiuwa, Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons), and Miye Oni (Utah Jazz).
Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Gabe Vincent, alongside Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks), Caleb Agada (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Obi Emegano (Fuenlbrada, Spain), Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings) and Ike Nwamu (Samara, Russia) made the cut.
The team, which recorded two famous wins against USA (World number 1) and Argentina (number 4) before a loss to Australia in their last tune up game, will also include Ekpe Udoh who just completed a move to Virtus Bologna in the Italian Serie A.
D’Tigers are grouped alongside Italy, Australia and Germany in what analysts describe as a difficult group.
According to the latest power ranking compiled by analysts, D’Tigers are rated fourth with just a week to the commencement of the basketball event.
All eyes will be on Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, Elizabeth Balogun, Promise Amukamara, Atonye Nyingifa, Ezinne Kalu, Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpannah and Ify Ibekwe at the Olympics ahead of D’Tigress first game against USA on the 27th of July.
Coach Otis Hughley who led the team to the 2019 Afrobasket win in Senegal also picked Oderah Chidom, Victoria Macaulay, Erica Ogwumike and Amy Okonkwo to complete a strong list of players roaring to conquer the world in the oriental city of Tokyo.
The last four players on the list, are in line to make their competitive debut for Nigeria at the games.
D’Tigress resumed Olympics camping in February and played series of tune up games as they are set to face USA, France and host-Japan.
The 5months camping, till date, remains the longest in the history of Nigeria basketball team preparation for the Olympics.