Nigeria men’s basketball national team, D’Tigers point guard, Ben Uzoh is celebrating what he believes has been accelerated growth of the giants’ sport in the country, and believes the slam-dunk game has surged higher than ever before.
Uzohreflected on strides by D’Tigers, as well as the female team, D’Tigress and other levels of the game in recent time, to which he declared that it is commendable to see a rapid development of basketball in Nigeria since his debut with the national team five years ago.
Since making his debut in 2013, Uzoh has gone to represent Nigeria in two FIBA Afrobasket Championships as well as participating at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Uzoh, who was also part of the 2015 Afrobasket winning team, emphasized that playing in the national team has had a great impact on him because it has been a journey that has involved a lot of growth and transition.
The national team star, who plays his club games with CB Caballero De Culican of Mexico, said further that the turnout of fans during D’Tigers’ training sessions and games is remarkable.
He added that he was thrilled to see the level of acceptance during the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Lagos last month, while also noting that the media awareness was commendable.
“The culture is growing, obviously football has been around for years. For ages, we have been angling to have the game of basketball come up and carve out its own niche.
“It’s great to see the support from the youths, the federation and hopefully in future, the government. It’s good to have events like this, a platform that can be emulated for years to come.
“Initially, when I joined the team I did not know the kind of coach involved or the tradition that was involved.
“I knew I could make an impact because I believed in myself. Over the years, I met brothers. I have gained brothers and family members,” Uzoh enthused.