KUALA LUMPUR – Nnanna Egwu from Illinois has been named as KL Dragons’ 3rd import for season 9.

Nnanna will be playing on the Dragonforce as a 211cm (6’ 11”) center and is no stranger to Coach Jamie Pearlman. 

Coach Pearlman has been in Malaysia for about a month and a half, analyzing the team and learning their playstyle said, “Nnanna is the perfect guy for this season’s young team. I think he will fit in very well with the culture here. 

He prides himself on defence and teamwork and is an important presence in the paint at both ends of the floor. 

Turning 26 in two weeks, Nnanna was originally from Nigeria, but moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was only 5. There he found a liking for the court where his passion for the game started. 

At the age of 18, he starting playing college basketball for University of Illinois. 

At 23 (in 2015), despite being undrafted by the Orlando Magic of the NBA, he was recruited by the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA G League, now known as the Lakeland Magic – he averaged at 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assist and 1.3 blocks per game then. 

Highlight clip of Nnanna in the G League with the Bayhawks.

The following year is when he met Coach Pearlman in Cairns Taipans in the Australian NBL (National Basketball League). He played for the Taipans in the NBL for two seasons (2016-2018).

Egwu has a good motor and great defensive presence. He will anchor our defense,” said Dragons General Manager Andri Reza. “He will be a great addition to the Dragonforce. 

The ASEAN Basketball League season 9 starts off on the 16th of November. 

KL Dragons will be playing their first away game on Nov 23rd against Singapore Slingers, 8PM at OCBC Arena. 

Home games starts in 2019 with Saigon Heat, Jan 2nd 2019, 8.30PM @MABA Stadium, Hang Jebat.