Chamberlain Oguchi Named FIBA Africa’s Basketball Player Of The Decade

Chamberlain Oguchi

FIBA Africa has named former D’Tigers guard, Chamberlain Oguchi, as the best basketball player in the last decade.

The second part of FIBA Africa’s ranking of the continent’s 10 best players of the last decade contained this fact.

D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, and Orlando Magic power forward, Al-Farouk Aminu, also made the list.

The Nigerians emerged from an initial list of 55 top African players.

The selection was based on their impact at club and national teams‘ participation in FIBA competitions from 2010 to 2020.

Chamberlain Oguchi stamped his status as an African great after anchoring Nigeria to their first-ever Afrobasket championship title in 2015 in Tunisia.

His performance earned him the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.

He scored 19 points in the final against a star studded Angolan team, but his best performance at the tournament was in the semi-final, against a resilient Senegalese side. He scored eight of his 13 three-point attempts against the West African foes.

The 34-year-old has proved to be a big-time player for the national team, scoring 35 points at the 2012 Olympics with a 79-73 narrow loss to France, and converting eight of his 14 three-point attempts.

He grabbed headlines after burying seven of his 12 three-point attempts in a defeat to Spain at Rio Olympics.

The top 10 African players of the decade are Morocco’s Abdelali Lahrichi, Senegal and Memphis Grizzlies’ Gorgui Dieng.

Others are Tunisian stars Makram Ben Romdhane and Salah Mejri, Angolans Eduardo Mingas and Carlos Morais.

In addition, Ivory Coast point guard, Souleyman Diabate and Nigerian trio Ike Diogu, Al-Farouk Aminu, and Chamberlain Oguchi.

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Written by Mateen Badru


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