2. Precious Achiuwa (Nigeria)
Achiuwa is one of a handful of NBA players who have put on Nigerian green in the last few years, yet he might have as much potential as anyone on that roster. Both the Nigerian coaching staff and the Raptors’ front office can see how good he can be if he pans out.
Achiuwa’s volatility makes him one of the most annoying players in the league, but on an international circuit, his verticality might help him stand out more than it does among the forest of titanic athletes in the NBA. A fully developed Achiuwa could be a game-changer.
Precious Achiuwa could play well in the FIBA World Cup.
Nigeria is coached by Mike Brown, who helped mentor Jordi Fernandez and turn him into the man who pushed Canada to a bronze medal in this tournament. He’s built an offensive dynamo in Sacramento, and he could do the same with D’Tigers in the next few years.
Achiuwa’s rim-running, rebounding, and defense will all be needed in the fast-based international game if Nigeria wants any shot at medaling. If the Raptors forward rediscovers his 3-point shot, he could be one of the main catalysts for success in the future.