LIU’s Jamal Olasewere at training camp with the Nigeria men’s national team

LIU's Jamal Olasewere will play with the Nigerian national team this August. AP Photo.

LIU’s Jamal Olasewere will play with the Nigerian national team this August. AP Photo.

Recent graduate from LIU Brooklyn and 2013’s Northeast Conference Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere didn’t get drafted in this year’s NBA draft and went unsigned this summer, but he will play for the Nigerian men’s national team in the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship.

“Orlando in the morning, for the Nigerian Men’s National Team,” Olasewere wrote on Facebook last Wednesday. “Training Camp should be fun.”

Olasewere joined the team in Orlando last week for the opening of the final preparatory camp. The 21-year-old Olasewere was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, but is of Nigerian descent and thus is allowed to participate in the tourney. Nigeria is one of 16 African teams in the tournament which begins on August 20 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Olasewere went undrafted this summer after he set the school’s points record (1,871) and led LIU Brooklyn to its third consecutive NEC championship. He averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and shot 51.5 percent last season. Playing overseas may be his only option as he wasn’t signed as a free agent this offseason despite working out for the Nets, Knicks, and Celtics this offseason. He is eligible for the NBA’s Developmental League draft this fall.

Former New Jersey Net Ben Uzoh will also join Olasewere on the Nigerian national team. Uzoh averaged 10.6 points with 5.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds per 36 minutes in his brief two-year NBA career. He also played in 50 games for the Brooklyn Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, last season.


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