Jamal Olasewere and Team Nigeria advancing in AfroBasket

Jamal Olasewere and the Nigerian National Team are doing well so far in FIBA AfroBasket. AP Photo.

Jamal Olasewere and the Nigerian National Team are doing well so far in the FIBA AfroBasket. AP Photo.

LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leading scorer Jamal Olasewere is playing for Nigeria in the 2013 FIBA AfroBasket tournament. Things are going well so far as Nigeria has defeated Mali, Congo, and Cameroon to take first place in Group D and advanced passed the Group Stage of the tourney.

Olasewere is the youngest player on the team and is coming off the bench. He’s averaged 5.67 points and 2.33 rebounds per game in the three games, playing 21 minutes a night and shooting just 30 percent. Part of the issue for Olasewere is that he’s a bit undersized to play the four, his natural position at LIU Brooklyn, against the bigger talent in this tournament. So he’s been moved to the two which has sort of taken him out of his game.

Nigeria took on the Central African Republic in the first game of the knockout stage and won 112-75. Olasewere only played 14 minutes in that game, but it was potentially his best game so far as he scored 14 points, shot 62.5 percent, and grabbed five rebounds. Next they will face Senegal on Wednesday.

The top three teams in the tournament go on to play in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next summer. Nigeria finished in third place during their last appearance in the AfroBasket tournament.

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