It was a historic and memorable night for Nigeria in the 2020 NBA Draft as a record eight players of Nigerian heritage––with two born in the country––were drafted into the league with two top ten picks and six picks in the first round.

The National Basketball Association (NBA), American men’s professional basketball league, held its yearly draft, where highly skilled basket-ballers who are eligible and wish to join the league are drafted by clubs, on Wednesday, November 18.

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Photo: Miami Heats

In both rounds, a total of 8 players of Nigerian heritage were selected by different teams in the league. Port Harcourt-born Precious Achiuwa, who is also the son of the former coach of the Nigerian basketball team, coach Fubara Onyeanabo, was drafted from Memphis Tigers by the Miami Heat. Center Player, Udoka Azubuike, drafted from Kansas Jayhawks by Utah…

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