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D'Tigers coach suggests many young players will not make the Olympic team

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Nigerians will not be happy to learn that many of the young players in the camp of D’Tigers ahead of the Olympic games will not make the trip to Japan.

The coach of the Nigerian male basketball team, Mike Brown has disclosed to reporters that many of the young players invited to the camp may not make the cut for the summer showdown but they would be happy to be in the camp.

He said the camping exercise is a win-win situation because younger ones will benefit from the older players in the team. “Many of them have not been in the camp of this nature trying out for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with NBA players and other professional players playing overseas”.

Mike Brown also commended the duo of Elijah Olaniyi and Michael Adewunmi for their maturity and attitude in the training camp.

“Their athleticism, size and maturity are worthy of note despite still being in the college. They are holding their own and it’s fun to see them grow every single day that they are out on the floor”, Brown said.

Olaniyi, 22, plays for the Stony Brook Seawolves in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division One) was named to the First Team All-America East after ending his junior season.

He averaged 18pts and 6.5 rebounds with an impressive 36.1% accuracy from the three point line. Adewunmi plays for Edwardsville Cougars averaged 13pts, 6.1rebs in 26 games. It remains to be seen if the two would make the final cut for the Olympic games.

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