Former Louisville small forward, Jordan Nwora, says playing for the Nigerian national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, has made him a better player.
Nwora, one of the players tipped for the NBA 2020 draft on June 27, added that playing with professionals in the national team and trying to keep up with them made his game better.
“The experience of playing for Nigeria was great. I was there playing for my dad because he was the coach of the team. But the biggest thing for me was playing with the pros. I was playing with guys that were in the NBA,” he told ESPN’s draft analyst Mike Schmitz.
“A lot of guys who were past NBA players and a lot of them played overseas, so just playing with real professionals and being able to keep up with them and proving myself amongst guys playing at that level just helped me get better in the long run.”
The 21-year-old was part of the team that helped Nigeria qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China and also played a key part at the tournament, where they picked a qualifying slot for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Nwora also believes basketball in Africa is improving.
“Every year basketball in Africa keeps getting better and I think the future is very bright not only in Nigeria but in other African countries as well. Everyone is taking the next step and taking the sport to another level.
“It is really promising just being able to see countries developing in basketball. My dad coached the Cape Verdean national team so I’ve been around African basketball for a long time and as I grow I keep seeing how they’ve developed over time,” he added.