Chamberlain Oguchi and Al-Farouq Aminu are two players on the Nigerian D’Tigers team named members of the All-Star Five at the Afrobasket 2015 in Tunisia.
The All-Star voting was decided by fans via the FIBA.com portal. Oguchi who was also named the MVP and Best 3-Point Shooter of the tournament considers the honours the peak of his career.
“It’s the best moment of my life, to be able to come here after missing the last AfroBasket, to be able to come here and do this with my brothers, it feels amazing,” Oguchi said in reaction to the historic night.
“I’m happy to be able to share this moment with them and for me personally, it’s just really great.” – Oguchi
Aminu who joined Oguchi as the only other Nigerian on the All-Star team was a vital component to D’Tigers historic campaign to its first ever Afrobasket title. The 6’9 forward who signed a new deal with the Portland Trailblazers in July averaged 12 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 7 games at the 2015 FIBA African Championship in Tunisia.
The other three players that made the All-Star Five are Morais (Angola), Makram Ben Romdhane (Tunisia), and Gorgui Dieng (Senegal).
Tunisia won the battle against Senegal for the third place after losing to Angola at the semi-finals. Tunisia defeated Senegal 82-73 to finish third at the tournament.
In the Classification Games, Egypt defeated Algeria 69-63 to finish fifth; Mali finished seventh defeating Gabon 94-82; Cameroon won the ninth-place spot by defeating Cape Verde 88-66; Mozambique trumped Cote d’Ivoire 70-63 for 11th place; Morocco won the 13th place in a 86-74 defeat against Central African Republic, and Uganda defeated Zimbabwe 72-64 for 15th place.
AfroBasket 2015 Final Standings:
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Central African Republic (CAF)