Nigerian Born Oladapo Picked as the Second Pick of the NBA Draft


{loadposition femitwitter} The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the most prestigious basketball league in the world, have selected the Nigerian born Victor Oladapo as the second pick of the 2013 draft. The draft, a yearly event which is held to pick new players into the league was this year held in Brooklyn, New York and was presided over by outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern.

Last College season, 21 year old 6 foot 5 inches (6’ 5”)Victor Oladapo excelled as the shooting guard in Indiana University as he was rated as one of the most improved college basketball players. His defensive skill and shooting ability had some pundits even compare him to the great Michael Jordan.

Giannis Adetokunbo, A Greek born Nigerian was also picked in the draft as the number fifteenth pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. At 18 years and 6 foot 9 inches (6’9”) with a wingspan of (7’3”), Adetokunbo excites but might still play a while in Europe, where he is currently in the Greek league, to further develop.

In 1984, Hakeem Olajuwon, who was also around to grace the event and surprise David Stern, was the first pick of the draft class that had future hall of farmers Michael Jordan as the third pick and Charles Barkley as the fifth.

Oladapo and and Adetokunbo’s selection into the NBA might prove even more interesting if they declare to play for Nigeria and add further depth to the D’Tigers national team which qualified for the Olympics for the first time last year and boosted its rating to 17th in the world.