Earlier this year
Chima Moneke and Naturalisation
Copied this from the Jawai thread:
"He said given how long the process is taking for his naturalization and how it's cost him playing in the NBL this season that he might as well play for Nigeria.
Maybe he's not a future Boomer but as far as the NBL goes, that's a big loss. He's an exciting, young player with real upside and athleticism, and he had a very productive college career. Also a pity given he's spent the majority of his life in Aus."
"I definitely want to play in the Olympics, but I think at this point it would just make sense for me to play for Nigeria, if I ever do play," Moneke said.
"Australia has a lot of talent, they'll be set with their personnel and who they're going to use. Playing for Nigeria might make more sense for me now."
Not sure he would ever have qualified as an "Australian" Boomer? I thought the rule was that you needed to naturalise before 16, which he clearly didn't do?? If so his only shot would be the naturalised player slot.
""I would have get my citizenship if I am ever going to play as a local [in the NBL], obviously. At this point I'm just going to focus on playing over here until I play in the NBA.""
Fair enough, but playing for Nigeria doesn't effect his ability to play NBL. He just has to naturalise.
And whether he wnats to play her or not, he'd be nuts to not get his citizenship.