The Nigeria men’s national basketball team joined FIBA in 1964. From 1965-1995, Nigeria never finished above 5th place (finished 5th in 1992) in the FIBA Africa Championships, an Africa-wide FIBA qualifying tournament occurring every two years. From 1995 to 2017, Nigeria began their rise in African basketball significance, placing in the top 3 of the Africa Championships eight times (1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2015, and 2017). Nigeria won the African Championship in 2015, solidifying their place as an up-and-coming basketball powerhouse in Africa. In recent years, Nigeria has qualified for the FIBA World Cup three times (1998, 2006, and 2019) and the Olympic Games three times (2012, 2016, and the upcoming 2020 games in Tokyo). Nigeria is on the precipice of becoming a competitor on the world stage, but up to this point has not had the talent or the proper organizational tools to compete with other world powers. The presence of youth teams has been nearly non-existent, and rosters have usually been put together weeks before competition. Nigeria finished 10th in the 2012 Olympics, 11th at the 2016 Olympics, and is currently ranked 1st in Africa and 22nd in the world by the FIBA World Ranking.