Nicole Enabosi missed the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain due to injury but plans on forcing her way into the D’Tigress squad to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics even if it means presenting national team coach Otis Hugley with a selection dilemma.
The 24-year-old USA-born Enabosi was part of the team’s camping exercise in Atlanta last year and is confident her versatility would be an asset to the women’s basketball national team.
“I’ve always watched the team even when I was unable to play with them and I think I can bring to the table defence, I’m a very handy player and love stealing the ball and playing full-court defence,” she told NBBF media.
“I also think I can bring some versatility and match-up problems as I am looked at as a big guard and a small post (player), so, I play the 3, 4 and 5 positions.”
Although she missed out of D’Tigress’ history-making run at the World Cup in Spain, Enebosi believes clear similarities exists between the team that made the quarterfinals in Spain and the current side.
Enebosi who currently plays in Slovakia praised the coaches and her teammates on how she was welcomed on her return to the national team.
“Honestly, I don’t think there are any changes from the 2018 team and the current team. Both groups are easy-going, easy to talk to and the coaching staff of both teams are really helpful.
“I had a great time and I was able to bond with girls my age who were just getting out of college or in college while also learning from other older girls.
“They did a great job showing the ropes to the new players and being there for us to answer a lot of questions”, Nicole said.
Nigeria is grouped alongside world number one USA, France and hosts Japan at the Olympics which gets underway in July.