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Nigeria Road to glory:

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Nigeria wins her 3rd FIBA-AFRO WOMEN Basketball undefeated.

The five major tournament:

- Naignouma Coulibaly (Mali)

- Leia Dongue (Mozambique)

- Astou Traoré (Senegal)

- Osaretin Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria)

- Italee Lucas (Angola).

MVP of the tournament: Astou Traoré

Best scorer of the tournament:

- Astou Traoré (Senegal). 21.6 points per match

- Abety Kossi Imbangueret II (RCA). 21.6 points

Best Rebounder of the tournament:

1. Naignouma Coulibaly (Mali). 9.6 rebounds

2. Osaretin Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria). 9.5 rebounds

3. Abety Kossi Imbangueret II (RCA). 9.1 rebounds

Best passer:

1. Anabela Cossa (Mozambique). 5 passes

2. Natacha M Teba (DRC). 4.4 passes

3. Naura Bombolo Balongya (DRC). 4 passes

General classification

1. Nigeria

2. Senegal

3. Mali

4. Mozambique

5. Côte d'Ivoire

6. Angola

7. Egypt

8. Cameroon

9. Democratic Republic of the Congo

10. Guinea

11. Tunisia

12. Central African Republic

Thank you for following us throughout this African women's championship. You are scheduled to meet from 8 to 16 September for the men's Afrobasket.

Nigeria's women's basketball team, D’Tigress super star, Evelyn Akhator is out to have fun in her debut at the 2017 Afrobasket Championship currently taking place in Mali.

 

Currently plying her trade in the WNBA with the Dallas Wings, Akhator who plays as a forward/center insist she has not fully reached her full potential despite the glimpse she showed in her game-high 24 points performance against Egypt.

 

The influential player who started her campaign against Mozambique with 13points and 6 rebounds before hitting 7points and catching 9 rebounds against DR Congo climaxed on Sunday against Egypt with 24points, 5 assists, and 13 rebounds.

 

Despite recording a double-double against Egypt, the number 3 pick in the 2017 WNBA draft is not carried away by her performances so far at the competition as she is fully focused on the games ahead.

 

“I don’t care about the scores, we just play every opposition at a time and that is what I have been doing and I think it’s been working not just for me but also for the team."

 

She expressed satisfaction with the team’s display after a good outing which saw them blowing out their Egyptian opposition with a 106points to 72 win.

 

According to her, opponents who underrated them due to their size have continued to regret it.

 

on the team’s chances of winning the tournament and booking an automatic ticket to the 2018 FIBA World cup, Akhator said the team is not getting ahead of themselves with 2 more group games to play as they need to focus more on their transition defence and offence.

 

“I think we are going to learn from our mistakes and get better. Every game is a learning experience for us. Against Egypt, we noticed we needed to take care of the ball more, we needed to reduce our turnovers and that was exactly what we did.”

Nigeria next play Guinea at 11:45am (local time) on Tuesday.

THE NBA DRAFT OF 2017

Written by Richie Emeruwa

The NBA draft is coming up, and the date is set for the 23rd of june,2017, meaning all hopefuls, both seniors and freshmen alike all have until the 23rd of this month to get their act together and prove to the teams and the coaches that they are worthy of Having their names go down in history.

THE MOCK DRAFT; the mock draft of the NBA is a visual simulation of the NBA draft and how it might go down,(hopefully if you ask me) the draft below is only a simulation (meaning its fake in lay mans terms) so don’t get your hopes up!

2017 Mock Draft

Updated: 6/19/17 8:17 am

# Team Player H W P School C

1 Philadelphia         Markelle Fultz 6-4 190 PG Washington         Fr.

2 LA Lakers         Lonzo Ball         6-6 190 PG UCLA         Fr.

3 Boston Josh Jackson 6-8 205 SG/SF Kansas Fr.

4 Phoenix De'Aaron Fox 6-3 170 PG Kentucky Fr.

5 Sacramento Jayson Tatum 6-8 205 SF Duke Fr.

6 Orlando Jonathan Isaac 6-10 210 SF/PF Florida St. Fr.

7 Minnesota         Dennis Smith 6-2 195 PG NC State Fr.

8 New York         Frank Ntilikina 6-5 190 PG France Intl.

9 Dallas Malik Monk         6-3 200 SG Kentucky Fr.

10 Sacramento Zach Collins         6-11 230 C Gonzaga Fr.

11 Charlotte         Lauri Markkanen 7-0 230 PF Arizona Fr.

12 Detroit Luke Kennard 6-6 195 SG Duke So.

13 Denver John Collins         6-9 225 PF/C Wake Forest So.

14 Miami Donovan Mitchell         6-2 210 SG Louisville So.

15 Portland        Justin Patton 6-11 230 C Creighton Fr.

16 Chicago Jarrett Allen 6-10 235 C Texas Fr.

17 Milwaukee         Bam Adebayo 6-10 245 PF/C Kentucky Fr.

18 Indiana Kyle Kuzma 6-9 225 PF Utah Jr.

19 Atlanta Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SF North Carolina Jr.

20 Portland         TJ Leaf 6-10 225 PF UCLA Fr.

21 Oklahoma Cty Ivan Rabb         6-10 220 PF/C California So.

22 Brooklyn         Harry Giles         6-10 230 PF/C Duke Fr.

23 Toronto Terrance Ferguson 6-7 185 SG USA Intl.

24 Utah          DJ Wilson         6-10 235 PF Michigan Jr.

25 Orlando Jawun Evans 6-0 185 PG Oklahoma State So.

26 Portland         Jordan Bell         6-8 225 PF/C Oregon Jr.

27 Brooklyn         Caleb Swanigan 6-9 250 PF/C Purdue So.

28 LA Lakers         Wesley Iwundu 6-7 195 SG/SF Kansas State Sr.

29 San Antonio Frank Jackson 6-3 200 PG/SG Duke Fr.

30 Utah         Isaiah Hartenstein 7-0 250 PF Germany Intl.

# Team            Player            H     W P School C

31 Atlanta Ike Anigbogu 6-10 250 C UCLA Fr.

32 Phoenix OG Anunoby 6-7 235 SF/PF Indiana So.

33 Orlando Tony Bradley 6-10 250 C North Carolina Fr.

34 Sacramento Semi Ojeleye 6-6 240 SF/PF SMU Jr.

35 Orlando Tyler Lydon 6-9 215 PF Syracuse So.

36 Philadelphia         PJ Dozier 6-6 200 PG/SG South Carolina So.

37 Boston Johnathan Motley 6-9 240 PF Baylor Jr.

38 Chicago Dwayne Bacon 6-6 220 SG/SF Florida St. So.

39 Philadelphia         Damyean Dotson 6-6 205 SG/SF Houston Sr.

40 New Orleans Josh Hart 6-5 210 SG Villanova Sr.

41 Charlotte         Derrick White 6-4 190 PG/SG Colorado Sr.

42 Utah         Sindarius Thornw 6-5 210 SG South Carolina Sr.

43 Houston Tyler Dorsey 6-4 185 SG Oregon So.

44 New York         Cam Oliver 6-8 240 PF Nevada So.

45 Houston Anzejs Pasecniks 7-1 220 C Latvia Intl.

46 Philadelphia         Mathias Lessort 6-9 235 PF France Intl.

47 Indiana Jonah Bolden 6-10 235 PF Australia Intl.

48 Milwaukee         Dillon Brooks 6-6 220 SF Oregon Jr.

49 Denver Vlatko Cancar 6-8 210 SF Slovenia Intl.

50 Philadelphia         Alec Peters 6-8 235 PF Valparaiso Sr.

51 Denver Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Sr.

52 Washington         Aleksandar Vezen 6-9 225 SF/PF Bulgaria Intl.

53 Boston Frank Mason 6-0 190 PG Kansas Sr.

54 Phoenix Monte Morris 6-2 175 PG Iowa St. Sr.

55 Utah         Edmond Sumner 6-5 175 PG/SG Xavier So.

56 Boston Isaiah Hicks 6-8 235 PF North Carolina Sr.

57 Brooklyn         Wesley Da Silva 6-6 190 SG/SF Brazil Intl.

58 New York         VJ Beachem 6-7 195 SF Notre Dame Sr.

59 San Antonio Charles Cooke 6-5 190 SG Dayton Sr.

60 Atlanta Kobi Simmons viagra 6-4 170 PG/SG Arizona Fr

Warriors' Kerr still out indefinitely -- Golden State has enjoyed its 11-day layoff, kicking back and preparing for the Western Conference semifinals while it waited for the winner of the Utah Jazz-LA Clippers series. As Game 1 of Jazz-Warriors looms tonight (10:30 ET, TNT), Golden State may be rested but it will still be without coach Steve Kerr. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com has more on how Kerr's health is faring of late:

 

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will continue to have medical tests and procedures this week at Stanford. He remains out indefinitely.

 

Kerr has been sidelined by symptoms, including migraines and nausea, related to complications from the back surgery he had almost two years ago.

 

Assistant coach Mike Brown will continue to act as head coach of the Warriors for Game 1 against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, as he did for Games 3 and 4 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

"I think the way we look at it is plan on him [Kerr] not coming back," Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters. "That's the way we're approaching this thing ... Mike Brown is our coach, we have the rest of our staff, and that's who we're rolling with."

 

"We're gonna hope and pray that Steve gets better and can get back," Green said. "But at the end of the day, his health is more important than anything ... We know how bad he wanted to be here and how bad we would love for him to be here. But at the end of the day, he needs to take care of what he has to take care of.

 

"And whether that's this year or next year, then you know, we're ready. But we're gonna approach this entire thing as 'Steve isn't coming back.' And that's our approach for this entire playoffs until we hear otherwise."

 

The Starters discuss the looming series between the Warriors and Jazz.

 

After making it more than clear he plans to play in Game 2, Markieff Morris says he'll be a game-time decision tonight. 

Following the disagreement at the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), after the June 15 election, the world Basketball governing body FIBA, has asked Nigeria to resolve the leadership dispute in the Federation or face dire consequences.

FIBA made its position known through a letter sent to the two parties involved, Tijani Umar and Musa Kido and signed by the Secretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann.

The world governing body instructed the NBBF to resolve the dispute internally, whether through new elections (preferably) or through an amicable solution under the auspices of the National Olympic  Committee, before 30 November 2017.

NBBF risks FIBA's suspension
FIBA further stated that in the event that a solution was not found on the given day, the NBBF will be subject to the possibility of sanctions, including a suspension of its membership with FIBA.

Regardless of any sanctions after the November 30 deadline, FIBA will appoint a task force that will take appropriate measure(s) in the interest of basketball in Nigeria.

FIBA will continue to study all allegations of state intervention and non-democratic elections at the NBBF.

Players from Rivers Hoopers and Hoops & Read Basketball clubs dominated the list of 12 players selected by the Nigeria Basketball Federation's head coaches for the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League All - Star Game in Kano.


Hoopers Solomon Ajegbeyi who has had a stellar season in his first year at Port Harcourt based Rivers Hoopers will be joined by teammate Emmanuel Balogun with both making their fifth All-Star game appearances while Oghenetano Emuhowo who has been shortlisted for a second straight All-Star Game completes the trio of the KingsMen heading to Kano this weekend. Komonibo Victor, Oriakhi Oween and Jide Ogunsemore are their counterparts from Hoops & Read after the debutants had a wonderful season with their club so far.

SOLOMON AJEGBEYI OF RIVERS HOOPERS


Rivers Hoopers head Coach Ogoh Odaudu will be the coach in charge of the Atlantic Conference and will be hoping to lead the Conference to victory after the Atlantic Conference lost the All-star game to the Savanna conference last season.


Players from other teams in the Atlantic Conference include:
David Godwin – Kwara Falcons
Okiki Michael - Customs
Mojuba  Oyeleye– Kwara Falcons
Seun Akinwale – Customs
Kevin Odoh – Oluyole Warriors
Kamal  Ayanlere – Police Batons


The 2017 All-Star game is set for Saturday, 17th June at the indoor sports Hall of the Kofomata stadium, Kano.