Dinwiddie Acquires Nigerian Citizenship, to Play for National Team
The Nigerian national team just received a boost ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.
After failing to receive an invite to the Team USA pre-Olympics camp, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie has acquired a Nigerian passport and will suit up with the Nigerian national in next Summer’s qualifiers.
Sources: Nets‘ Spencer Dinwiddie is acquiring a Nigerian passport to play for the Nigeria national team. Dinwiddie didn’t receive Team USA Olympic invite; now joins Nigeria roster under Mike Bown that includes Al-Farouq Aminu, Josh Okogie, Chimezie Metu, Ekpe Udoh.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 18, 2020
The guard will join a handful of NBA players already representing the African nation, including Al-Farouq Aminu, Josh Okogie, and Epke Udoh. The team is also coached by former NBA head coach Mike Brown.
Dinwiddie was in the midst of a career season this year, averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game.