Basketball: D’Tigers Captain Diogu Joins Chinese Club Sichuan Blue Whales

Basketball: D’Tigers Captain Diogu Joins Chinese Club Sichuan Blue Whales

Nigeria’s men’s Basketball team, D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, who is a free-agent has agreed a deal with Chinese basketball team, Sichuan Blue Whales, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

According to a report on sports.ettoday.net, the 34 year old Diogu is expected to replace Iranian center Hamed Haddadi at the club.

The details of the contract was however not revealed.

Sichuan Blue Whales are currently languishing in the 20th position in the Chinese Basketball League having won only three games and lost 19 so far.

Diogu who previously featured for CBA Xinjiang, Guangdong, Shenzhen, Tong Xi, in the same quarter Xi, averaged 25 points and 11.1 rebounds last season playing for Jiangsu Monkey King.

He could make his debut for Sichuan Blue Whales against Shanghai Dongfang in Friday’s clash in the Chinese Basketball League.

Diogu won the Most Valuable Player Award at the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket 2017 in Rades, Tunisia, recording a tournament-high of 22 points per game, and averaged 8.7 rebounds per game. He was also named in the team of the tournament alongside Gorgui Dieng, Mohamed Hadidane, Ikenna Iroegbu and Mourad El Mabrouk.

He is expected to lead Nigeria’s D’Tigers to next month’s FIBA African Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Senegal. Nigeria will go up against Uganda, Mali, and Rwanda in Group B of the first round.

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