Pros — 18 October 2014


With various professional leagues tipping off their season across the globe, we take a look at some of the Nigerian athletes who will be plying their trade for new teams in the 2014-15 season.

After spending three seasons in New Orleans with the Pelicans, Nigerian International Al Farouq Aminu is the biggest mover among all athletes in the coming season. The 6’9 forward will be suiting up for the 2011 NBA Champions The Dallas Mavericks after signing a two-year deal with the franchise. Aminu who averaged 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 65 starts for the Pelicans last season will be looking to bring his defensive presence to the Mavericks team. Ironically, his best performances in New Orleans has been a couple of 16 points and 20 rebounds outings against the Mavericks. Another athlete who will be suiting up for a new side in the NBA this season is former Baylor standout Ekpe Udoh. Udoh signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, he also had interests coming from Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings. Other athletes who will be looking to impress NBA teams in the pre-season are Arinze Onuaku (Indiana Pacers), Talib Zanna (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Michael Eric (Milwaukee Bucks). They all signed non-guaranteed deals.

In Europe, Stan Okoye and Jamal Olasewere, two of Nigeria’s youngest athletes at the last Afrobasket secured prominent deals after signing in Italy and Belgium respectively. Okoye out of Virginia Military Institute was named the Big South Conference Player of the year in 2013, he signed with Seri A side Varese. Okoye averaged 28 points and 11.2 rebounds in his first full campaign in Australia last season. Former Long Island University star athlete Jamal Olasewere has overcome a health issue that saw him miss all of last season. The 6’7 wing singed for Belgian top side VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster after he was recently cleared by doctors to resume his basketball career. Olasewere finished his LIU career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,871 points. Other major moves in Europe involving Nigerian Internationals include Jeleel Akindele’s move to Spanish side Fuenlabrada, Turkish moves for Gani Lawal and Alade Aminu who moved to Trabzonspor and TED respectively, while former Iowa State standout Melvin Ejim will tip off his professional career with Virtus Roma in Italy.

Other Transactions…

OD Anosike – Sidigas Avellino – Italy
Olaseni Lawal – Banco di Sardegna Sassari – Italy
Folarin Campbell – Ludwigsburg – Germany
Urule Igbavboa – Phoenix Hagen – Germany
Trevor Mbakwe – Brose Baskets – Germany
Chris Otule – Crailsheim – Germany
Aloysius Anagonye – Boulogne – France
Akin Akingbala – Rouen – France

Alex Orikahi – Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys – Lithuania
Callistus Eziukwu – Energa Czarni – Poland
Nick Okorie – Aalborg – Denmark
Stephen Nwaukoni – Illiambum – Portugal
PJ Alawoya – Komarno – Slovakia
Patrick Agho – Banska Bystrica – Slovakia
Remi Yusuf – Banska Bystrica – Slovakia
Kene Obi – Kastrioti – Kosovo
Obinna Agomo – Kastrioti – Kosovo
Paul Egwuonwu – Glasgow Rocks – UK

Josh Akognon – Foshan – China
Ekene Ibekwe – Breakers – Australia
Suleiman Braimoh – Huracanes – Mexico
Ike Okoye – Deportes Castro – Chile
Kelechi Anuna – Al Ittisalat – Egypt
Augustine Okosun – Somouha – Egypt
Ndudi Ebi – Zamalek – Egypt
George Williams – Geish Army – Egypt


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