Oruche and the Nigerian team began Olympic play Sunday against Tunisia, scoring a 60-56 victory.
A native of Bensenville, Ill., Oruche was a member of the Huskie program from 2005-07. After redshirting the 2005-06 seasons, Oruche appeared in 18 games during the 2006-07 season for the Huskies. Oruche currently plays professionally in Portugal and averaged 15.4 points per game for Associacao Academica de Coimbra during the 2011-12 season.
Oruche and the Nigerian team qualified for the Olympics for the first time in the nation’s history by virtue of their third-place finish earlier this summer at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.
Nigeria defeated the Dominican Republic, 88-73, on July 8 to claim the final spot in the Olympic Tournament; Oruche played eight minutes in that contest and scored two points.
Ranked No. 21 in the latest FIBA rankings, Nigeria’s roster includes a number of players with college basketball experience in addition to Oruche, including Alade Aminu (Georgia Tech), Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest), Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Ekene Ibekwe (Maryland) and Tony Skinn (George Mason).
Nigeria Olympic Basketball Schedule
- Tuesday, July 31: vs. Lithuania (8:30 a.m. CDT)
- Thursday, Aug. 2: vs. United States (4:15 p.m. CDT)
- Saturday, Aug. 4: vs. Argentina (4:15 p.m. CDT)
- Monday, Aug. 6: vs. France (8:30 a.m. CDT)
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