Misan Haldin

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Misan Haldin
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1982-07-07) 7 July 1982 (age 32)
Berlin
Nationality German / Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2004 / Undrafted
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
1998–2000 TuS Lichterfelde
2000–2001 ALBA Berlin
2001–2002 Olympiacos Piraeus
2002–2003 Snaidero Udine
2003–2004 Mitteldeutscher BC
2004–2005 Sedima Roseto
2005–2006 Vertical Vision Cantù
2006–2007 Premiata Montegranaro
2007–2008 Köln 99ers
2008–2009 Pallacanestro Varese
2010–2011 DBV Charlottenburg
2011–2012 LTi Gießen 46ers

Misan Haldin (born 7 July 1982 in Berlin as Eyinmisan Edward Ogharanemeye Nikagbatse) is a German basketball player who currently is a free agent. He has played for clubs in Germany, Greece and Italy so far.

Career[edit]

Nikagbatse started his professional career at TuS Lichterfelde Berlin, then a farm team of ALBA Berlin. At the 2000 international Albert Schweitzer Youth Tournament, he was the best scorer overall.[1] Nikagbatse signed a contract with ALBA, but did not play for them as he wanted to play for a top club on a European level.[2] After nearly one year without playing in any official game, he signed with Olympiacos Piraeus.[1] After playing for the Italian club Snaidero Udine for half a year, Nikagbatse returned to Germany to play for Mitteldeutscher BC, with which he won the EuroCup Challenge. He was automatically eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft, but went undrafted. Nikagbatse then moved to Italy again, playing for Sedima Roseto and Vertical Vision Cantù in the first division. At the beginning of 2006, he signed for second division club Premiata Montegranaro, with which he got promoted to the first division.[1] Nikagbatse returned to Germany, but was waived by the Köln 99ers in March 2008 after testing positive on THC, although he was not officially suspended as he did not play during that time due to an injury. Another spell in Italy followed, this time playing for Pallacanestro Varese and winning the Legadue championship. He returned to professional sports in 2011, when he was acquired by the LTi Gießen 46ers. However, he was again waived during the season.[3]

International career[edit]

Nikagbatse won the bronze medal as a member of the German squad at the 2002 FIBA world championship, dunking over Yao Ming during the competition.[1][2] He also took part in the EuroBasket 2005, winning the silver madal. The national team's coach Dirk Bauermann cut his name off the roster for the 2008 Olympics qualification after the drug abuse incident .[4]

Personal life[edit]

His mother is Finnish while his father is Nigerian,[2] and his sister Roli-Ann is a member of the German women's national team. In 2012, they adopted their mother's name, Haldin.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (German) Portrait on the official website of the German basketball federation
  2. ^ a b c (German) Dietmar Wenck: Nikagbatse spielt mit den Extremen (Berliner Morgenpost, September 2, 2002)
  3. ^ (German) Haldin und McCullough verlassen LTi 46ers, February 20, 2012
  4. ^ (German) Maike Westphal: Kiffer unterm Korb (Der Tagesspiegel, May 28, 2008)
  5. ^ (German) Nikagbatse heißt jetzt Haldin, January 17, 2012