Former FSU star Loucks is hoping to put Nigeria on the international map

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A Florida state basketball great treads a new course on the international stage with an enemy known from the United States.

Luke Loucks spent most of his time in some form with the Golden State Warriors after college, but now he also serves as an assistant coach for the Nigerian national basketball team.

If you remember, Nigeria upset the US earlier this week.

Loucks joined the Nigerian staff when Mike Brown took over leadership shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic. He says the challenge for employees was to take a land full of talent and add the infrastructure needed to be successful.

“We have a lot of talent to join in and there are still eight to ten NBA players who won’t be part of that team, but a lot of young talent that we can hopefully shape,” he said. “I think we’re the 22nd, 23rd team in the world right now and hope that we’ll be in the top 5 in the end.”

Nigeria is in Group B this year, along with Australia (which also beat the US in a game to catch up), Germany and Italy.

Nigeria’s first game is scheduled for July 25th against Australia, followed by July 28th against Germany and July 31st against Italy.

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