Indiana Pacers' Nigerian point guard, Victor Oladipo, was named the Most Valuable Player of Saturday's 2017 NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The African team was led by Los Angeles Lakers and South Sudan's Luol Deng and Atlanta Hawks Thabo Sefolosha but it was the 25-year-old Oladipo who shone brightest, scoring 28 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists as Team World won the exhibition game 108-97.
It is the second straight win for Team World, who won the inaugural NBA Africa Game 101-97 in 2015.
Andre Drummond led the charge for Team World with 14 points and 13 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins also scored a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards, while Jaylen Brown (15 points), Kristaps Porzingis (14), Courtney Lee (13), Kyle Lowry (13) and Kemba Walker (10) all reached double figures in scoring.
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay finished one point off a double-double with 22 points and nine assists in 32 minutes. Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks added 13 points and Houston Rockets centre Clint Capela rounded out the Africa Team double-figures scorers with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Oladipo has been involved with the United States men's basketball team but is eligible according to play for his parents' country Nigeria and could feature at the Afrobasket Championship to be co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal from September 8-16.
Champions Nigeria's D'Tigers have been drawn alongside Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and DR Congo in Group A for the 2017 edition.