Miami Heat may stop Achiuwa from Tokyo Olympics – Brother

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Kelvin Ekerete

Miami Heat may stop highly-rated power forward Precious Achiuwa from representing D’Tigers at the  men’s basketball event of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

NBA side Heat selected Achiuwa as No.20 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Achiuwa’s elder brother God’sgift, who represented Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, says his younger sibling’s status as a rookie may see his club block him from representing Nigeria on Tokyo.

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“Looking at every player in their rookie year, most times, those that drafted them don’t release them to national teams because they’re rookies and they are prospects on the team. I’m not going to say, ‘yes he’s going to come’ but I know if he’s chanced, he will want to play for Nigeria because he loves this country,” Achiuwa told The PUNCH.

The 21-year-old Achiuwa has averaged 7.4 points per game for the Heat this season.

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D’Tigers have been placed in Group B of the basketball event and will face Australia and two other yet to qualify teams.

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