The Nigeria basketball family have been thrown into mourning following the death of Daniel Daudu, a former Nigerian junior international.

He was part of the junior D’Tigers to the 2007 World U20 Championship in Serbia, and he was reportedly killed in an accident when a truck carrying two trailers rolled over on I-65 near I-465 on Indy's south side.

A statement from the NBBF on Sunday indicated that one of the trailers rolled into the southbound lanes, hitting the car which the late Daniel was driving in the opposite direction.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Indiana State Police trooper.

The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation led by Engineer Musa Kida has expressed deep shock over the incident that occurred on Friday October 27, 2017.

Daniel Daudu

Reacting on behalf of the Nigeria basketball family, Kida described the circumstance leading to the death of the 28-year old who grew up at the Police College in Ikeja as shocking.

According to the president, the sudden death of the 2015 graduate of the University of Indianapolis has left the NBBF distraught.

He said: “It’s a sad feeling to lose somebody so close no matter the age. Losing Daniel at the age of 28 and the circumstance which it happened is something that has left us all in shock.

"We just have to take solace in him and also rally round his family at this trying period to provide the needed emotional support to weather the storm.”

Meanwhile, the Players Representative on the NBBF board, Ejike Ugboaja alongside some US based national team players and basketball fans will be visiting the family of the deceased in Indiana.

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