President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Engr Musa Kida has showered encomiums on Ifunanya Ibekwe who was recently voted as Arizona Women BasketBall best player in the last 10 years.
Ibekwe, who became the first ever basketballer to record fifty-five double-doubles was announced winner after days of voting by fans across the world.
The NBBF President, Kida said, Nigerians are proud of what she has achieved.
“We are very happy for this deserved recognition of the hard work of this worthy Nigerian and we are proud of what she has achieved.
“During her illustrious stay in the school, she was voted as part of the All-American team twice while emerging 3 time first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference.
In 2011, the member of the 2019 Afrobasketwomen team was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Ibekwe also scored 1,653 points in her career.
“She was the fourth-most in school history as her 1,194 rebounds till today remain the highest in the history of Arizona women basketball team.
“With the 2020 Olympic Games less than one year away, the federation is optimistic that Ibekwe who till now is the second all-time University of Arizona block leader with 166 blocks will play a vital role in the D’Tigress’ quest for a medal in Tokyo.“