PRINCE Orizu is looking to stay in game shape as he waits for a call-up from the Nigerian national team for the Fiba Basketball World Cup Africa qualifiers.
The FEU import bared he was told by Nigeria basketball authorities that he has a shot at making the team for at least one of the windows in the Africa qualifiers for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.
“My coach, he said there are four phases of the Fiba (Africa qualifiers) coming up. Two this year and two next year. He just told me to be ready that I might have a chance to play in one of those,” said Orizu.
The 23-year-old Orizu suited up for Nigeria in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, along with former NBA player Ike Diogu. He played in three of the four games, scoring four points in the match against New Zealand.
Nigeria lost all of its four games in the Commonwealth Games.
Orizu said playing for the Nigerian national team was an unbelievable experience.
“It was challenging. It was interesting. Playing against bigger guys, 7-1, 7-2. It gave me an opportunity to see a different kind of basketball,” said Orizu.
FEU coach Olsen Racela said Orizu’s experience in playing for the national team is a big boost.
“Honestly, before siya umalis, ang ganda ng linalaro niya sa amin pero nung pagbalik niya, he gained weight. Ganun talaga ’yun kapag international competition, buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, kapag hindi ka kasama sa rotation.
“Pero ngayon, he is getting back in game shape. Hopefully, mag-tuloy tuloy na. Pero ’yung experience na nakuha niya, ‘yun ang hindi mo matatawaran ‘yung playing for his country and playing against the best players internationally,” said Racela.
Playing in his final year with the Tamaraws, Orizu said he is determined to give his all for FEU in Season 81.
“I’ll just try to do my best and have a good last season, then see what happens from there,” said Orizu.