One of the main storylines coming of out of the 2020 NBA Draft was the record number of Nigerians drafted. There was a record of 8 Nigerians that got drafted including 6 players drafted as first round picks. Here’s the breakdown of the draft picks:
I’m going to start trying to highlight the next generation of Nigerian athletes every Wednesday with this Player To Watch series. For this week, we’ll start with the NFL. The NFL Draft is coming up next month (pending any changes given the current climate in the world) and teams are preparing to find the next stars to join their teams. The best cornerback in the 2020 class is Jeff Okudah from The Ohio State University. He is a complete cornerback and one of the best overall prospects in this draft class. Most mock drafts have Okudah as a top 10 draft pick. While some even have Okudah going in the top 5. Okudah definitely has the ability to make an immediate impact during his rookie season.
As of part of Under Armour new campaign The Only Way Is Through, current WBO, IBF, & WBA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua shares his story of overcoming. We learn a lot about ourselves during failures. It was great to see that Joshua was comfortable enough to talk about one of the lowest moments in his professional boxing career. However, like any champion, the lost only made him stronger and he was able to triumph in the rematch to get back his championship title belts.
For Black History Month 2020, Nike NYC and OkayAfrica collaborated together to put on a basketball exhibition matchup between Nigeria and Ghana. The team included entertainers from both Nigeria and Ghana respectively. Of course Nigeria won the game. Lastly, shout out to the folks at Nike NYC and OkayAfrica for continuing to put the Diaspora on the map on a major scale with this event.
As Bam prepares for his first All Star game on Sunday, Bam took home some silverware as he won the 2020 Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Bam continues to showcase the full skillset that earned him his first NBA All Star appearance.
Earlier this week Nike released images of the new 2020 Nigeria Football Olympics Kits. After the success of the 2018 Nigeria World Cup kit, there’s no surprise that we’re getting some new threads for the Olympics. Safe to say Nigeria will have one of the best uniforms in Tokyo this summer. Some unique features about the kit below:
The kit’s pattern was hand drawn and is highly symbolic of Nigerian heritage with nods to nobility and family.
Nigeria’s crest is placed centrally on the chest with a Swoosh underneath it.
The player names and numbers integrate the eagle feather into the application.
“Naija” appears inside the neck of jersey and on the back of the socks in a new typeface.
What are your thoughts on these designs? Did they surpass the 2018 World Cup designs?
Miami Heat’s forward Bam Adebayo recorded his first career triple double last night to help the Heat defeat the Atlanta Hawks in OT 135 – 121. Bam put up 30 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2 steals in over 43 minutes. This was Bam first career 30-point game as well. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Bam is the youngest Heat player to record a triple double at 22 years and 145 days old, breaking Heat’s legend Dwayne Wade record.
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After leading the Toronto Raptors to the 2019 NBA Championship in June, Masai Ujiri brought the trophy back to Nigeria to celebrate with his family. Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors President, became the first African in a president or general manager role to lead a team in one of the four major American professional sports leagues to a championship. Ujiri was always viewed as one of the best President/GMs in the NBA and this championship validated that. HBO Real Sports did a great feature on Ujiri’s trip back to Africa this summer and also discussed his career journey. For the past sixteen years, Ujiri hosted a basketball camp in Africa called Giants of Africa. The camp teaches the campers fundamental basketball skills on the court but also life skills that will help excel off the court. Check out the full segment.
There’s been a lot of speculation and rumors about when Giannis Antetokounmpo’s signature shoes with Nike were going to debut. Well we finally have an answer about the Nike Freak 1. During Nike’s Quarter 3 2019 Earnings Call, Nike’s CEO Mark Parker revealed that Giannis will be lacing up his signature shoes during the upcoming 2019 NBA Playoffs. That’s all of the news that we have now, but I’m sure we’ll be getting some content soon.