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Who is Caleb Agada? Fast facts on rising Nigerian-Canadian guard that balled out against Team USA

Exhibition or official play, it's not too often that Team USA loses in international basketball.

However, the Nigerian national squad pulled off the unthinkable by recording an 90-87 upset win over Team USA. They've come a long way since the 83-point loss (156-73), the largest margin of victory in Olympic basketball history, to Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

While Nigerian Gabe Vincent led all scorers from the game with 21 points, another star for the African squad was Caleb Agada. The 6-foot-3 guard finished with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field which included a perfect 3-of-3 from long distance.

So, who is Caleb Agada? Get to know the Nigerian-Canadian guard who could soon make it to the NBA

Background

Agada was born on Aug. 31, 1994 in Burlington, Ontario.

College experience

Agada played college hoops at the University of Ottawa from 2012-2017.

At the end of the full four years, having not played in the 2014-15 year, he finished and still remains the fifth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in the school's history.

International and Professional career

A year into playing professional sports, Agada received the call-up to represent Nigeria in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. He impressed and even made into the nation's preliminary squad for the World Cup before eventually missing out.

Now, he's part of Nigeria's roster for the Tokyo Olympics and has he showed against Team USA in the exhibition event at Las Vegas, he completely deserves the spot.

Professionally, he's played for three franchises in three years - Prat (Spain), Hamilton Honey Badgers (Canada) and Melilla (Spain) - before finding a home with Hapoel Be'er Sheva. As part of the Israeli franchise, Agada led the league in points (22.4) and steals (2.4) including an impressive 43-point game against the illustrious franchise of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

NBA future?

2021 could be the breakout year for Agada.

He is reportedly set to represent the Denver Nuggets in the 2021 Summer League in Las Vegas. Less than a week after that news, he reportedly worked out for the Utah Jazz.

Having gone undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Agada has previously played in the NBA Summer League (2015 - Memphis Grizzlies & Orlando; 2017 - Sacramento Kings).

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