D’Tigers coach Mike Brown says Denver Nuggets’ American guard Monte Morris’ commitment to Nigeria is far from being complete, The PUNCH reports.
Morris joined the Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie in committing to playing for Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
According to Brown, there are still technicalities that must be worked out before Morris can represent Nigeria.
“He does want to play for us but there are still technicalities that we have to work out,” Brown told ESPN.
“Technicalities that the Nigerian Basketball Federation President Musa Ahmadu-Kida has to work out before it can actually happen. So, he is in the process of trying to figure that out right now.
“The crazy part is there are a lot more American players and coaches that have approached me about being a part of the team, whether it is from a coaching standpoint or from a playing standpoint, and I look at it as fantastic for the programme.
“I have been talking to Dallas Mavericks small forward Wes Iwundu and Detroit Pistons centre Jahlil Okafor.
“Iwundu has been to Nigeria and spent some time there when he was 11, 12 years old. He’s a guy that I am excited about. We all should be excited about a guy like Jahlil because of his talent and his ability on that low post,” Brown said.
Brown also admitted that competition for places in D’Tigers ahead of the Olympics will be very tough.
“Competition is going to be serious, it is going to be tough. You want it that way. To me, I think when you are talking about how fierce and how tough it is going to be to make the team, to contribute to the team, I don’t know if you want any different.
“You want your best team to have the opportunity to attract the best players, and that means the best players are going to compete for spots and that is what matters.”
Meanwhile, Ahmadu-Kida has stated that no player is guaranteed an automatic shirt for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Many high profile players have started giving a thought to what D’Tigers and D’Tigress stand for. Many who would have turned us down in the past if invited are now hustling to get our attention which for us is a good thing,” Ahmadu-Kida said in a media statement.