D’Tigers forward Jordan Nwora is keen on fulfilling a lifelong dream playing for Nigeria at the FIBA Basketball World Cup which tips off in China report Completesports.com.
The Louisville Cardinals player posted an outstanding performance for D’Tigers during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African qualifiers, hitting an unprecedented 36 points against Mali to set a new tournament best.
“It’s always an honor to be able to represent a country in the World Cup, which is one of the biggest competitions in basketball. I’m proud and grateful to be able to represent Nigeria,” Nwora told FIBA.basketball.
“I am thankful to my teammates and my coaches for putting me in the position to be able to have a great outing in the qualifiers. I am hopeful that we will be able to do great things in the World Cup and bring some wins home to Nigeria.”
In the two previous participations at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 1998 and 2006,”D’Tigers” have never been able to worm their way past round 16.
But with a plethora of talented players starring in Europe and a cast of skilled players impressing in the National Basketball League (NBA) Jordan feels Nigeria can genuinely challenge for medals in China.
“I hope that the coaching staff will be able to assemble the best team – one that Nigeria can be proud of. Our goal is to be one of the countries on the medal podium at the end of the tournament.”
Nwora also admits that getting past Argentina, Russia and South Korea in the group stages of the FIBA Basketball World Cup will come with its share of challenges
“All these teams are very good, our group is a very tough group. But I am confident, and I know that the coaching staff will get us ready for the games,” Nwora mentioned.
He further insisted that Africa’s four other representatives at the global bonanza could spring up pleasant surprises.”I think that Angola, Tunisia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire as well as Nigeria will represent Africa well.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian, Nwora is optimistic about being a first-round pick with the ambition of having a promising career in the NBA.
Nwora, a 20-year-old Louisville Cardinals man garnered a reputation for being a clinical shooter and a tremendous player averaging 17.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists this season.
“I feel confident that I will be able to help any team that drafts me. It’s been my dream to always compete at the highest level, so this might be my opportunity to do that,” Nwora hinted.
Jordan also credited his father for whipping up his interest in basketball and guiding him throughout his young career.
“I grew up around basketball, my father is a coach and he had a lot of influence in training me from a very early age. That’s when I developed the love for the game,” Nwora concluded.