We celebrate the 3 Players Of Nigerian Origin Who Made The 2019 NBA Draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft was one to remember for three players with Nigerian root. The Prestigious event which is held every year sees teams from the biggest basketball league in the world select eligible basketballers, and in the 2019 edition, these three Naija born players where considered eligible.

Chikezie ‘KZ’ Okpala

First, let’s meet Chikezie ‘KZ’ Okpala who was born in Orange County, California to Nigerian parents Martin and Mary Okpara. Chikezie was drafted by Phoenix Suns of Phoenix, Arizona. The 20 years old Nigerian played for Stanford University where he emerged as a semifinalist for the ‘Best forward of the year’s award.

Next is Chuma Okeke,
21-year-old, Chukwuma played for the Auburn Tigers, Auburn University men’s basketball team.
As a junior, he won the Georgia Class 6A state championship, scoring 13 points in a 68–58 win over Pebblebrook High School. Okeke was named Mr. Georgia Basketball after his senior season, through which he averaged 24.4 points, 15 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
Chuma was drafted 16th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1
2019 NBA Draft.

And then, Olumiye ‘Miye’ Oni.
Miye, who is of Nigerian descent, grew up in
Northridge, Los Angeles and began playing high school basketball at Viewpoint School, where he was named the divisional player of the year.
Born August 4, 1997 to Nigerian parents Opeyemi and Oludotun Oni. His father is a professor at the
University of Phoenix and an engineer.

Miye played for the Yale Bulldogs at Yale University. The 22-year-old was named on the ‘All-Ivy League First Team’ each of his last two seasons. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and later traded to the Utah Jazz.


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