Another Nigerian-born youngster is taking America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) by storm, as the cynosure of all eyes, following the 2019 All Star Weekend, is on Ogugua Anunoby Jr.
Fondly called ‘OG’ by basketball fans and pundits alike, the latest kid on the block, born July 17, 1997, is registered as a British player by The Raptors, after arriving from Indiana Hoosiers.
Anunoby was the main attraction during the Rising Stars game on Friday night, one where Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma led all scorers with 35 points on the way to MVP honours and the US team defeating the World squad 161-144.
Anunoby chipped in with 12 points during 18 minutes of action off the bench for Team World, while Tatum added 30 points for the US as the teams combined for 37 three-pointers, 55 dunks and shot a combined 12 free throws.
Also present was Josh Okogie in almost comical fashion, along with Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and San Antonio’s Danny Green.
Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns was courtside in a world jersey to represent for Okogie, his Timberwolves team-mate.
A pre-game moment of silence was held immediately before the Canadian and US national anthems in honor of the victims of the shooting in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois earlier on Friday.
Okosun Helps Egyptian Club Into African Elite
Nigerian basketball star, Augustine Okosun played a key role at the weekend in helping his club, Smouha of Egypt into the African elite clubs’ class.
Okosun was in sterling form, as Smouha went past their hosts, OmniSports Police Nationale 119-50 at Palaise de Sports Mahamasina in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Okosun had 12 points on the night, to help his side advance to the Elite-8 of the FIBA Africa Basketball League on Saturday.
He was joined in double digits by Ahmed Farag (19 points), Mohamed Elkoussy (13 points), Tamer Moustafa (11) and Adamu Saaka (10).
Aside Okosun’s free-scoring form in the game, Sheriff EL-Dysati added 12 boards and seven points in 18 minutes from the bench for the Egyptians.
Petro Atletico de Luanda beat ASB Mazembe 74-61 in the second game to advance to the knock out stage of the FIBA Africa Basketball League.
Both winning teams gained their second consecutive victories in Group D, to ensure they join the two qualified teams from Group C, Primeiro de Agosto of Angola and Al Ahly of Egypt in next month’s knock stage.