D’Tigers head coach Mike Brown says he faces a headache putting together the best 12 players to represent Nigeria at next month’s Olympics.
American Brown is currently overseeing a 49-man squad at the team’s training camp in California and has been impressed with the talent on display.
With D’Tigers looking to climb the podium in Tokyo and win gold at the 2021 Afrobasket Championship later this year, Brown believes the talent at the disposal of Nigeria means the West Africans can compete with the best teams in the world.
Brown was particularly effusive in his praise of Gideon George Omohkudu and Warith Alatishe, describing the duo as proto-typical NBA wings.
“They are long, athletic and energetic. They do a lot for you on both ends of the floor.”
“Their abilities to get to the rim and finish above the defences is second to none especially for young men their age, but more importantly, the defence they brought to the table so far this week, their ability to rebound, come up with 50/50 balls at a very high level is commendable.”
On the possibilities of both men making the final cut, Brown says nothing is cast in iron because there is a lot of quality competition in the forward position but admitted that the duo has a huge role to play in the future.