As the Olympics drew to a close, forward Chamberlain Oguchi gradually earned a more pronounced role with the Nigeria D’Tigers, who finished fifth in Group A with one win and four losses.
His final Olympic game was his most impressive; Oguchi scored 35 points, including 8-of-14 shooting from behind the arc, as Nigeria whittled down a 13-point first quarter lead. Through three quarters, the French lead was a mere two points. France eventually pulled away but Oguchi’s perimeter shooting allowed the Nigerians to quell a French attack bolstered by NBA caliber players.
Oguchi parlayed his performance into a work out for the San Antonio Spurs (via SuperSport.com.) This likely won’t amount to much because the Miami Heat are reportedly willing to offer Oguchi a non-guaranteed contract.
His situation is not so concrete, however: Miami recently signed former Spurs guard Garrett Temple which will only muddle the entire guard situation. Second year guard Terrel Harris is also in line for a backup role.
Should he sign with San Antonio, though, he would be in a similar situation. The Spurs have a surplus at the guard position as Nando De Colo, Patty Mills and Gary Neal are more experienced in Gregg Popovich’s system.
Oguchi averaged 12 points, 1.6 rebounds and one assist in London. Oguchi also appeared in 32 games for the NBA D-League’s Maine Red Claws, averaging 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 37.8% shooting.