7 July 1982 |
|Nationality||German / Nigerian|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Undrafted|
|2005–2006||Vertical Vision Cantù|
|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.
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. 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. After nearly one year without playing in any official game, he signed with Olympiacos Piraeus. 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. 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.
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. 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 .
- (German) Portrait on the official website of the German basketball federation
- (German) Dietmar Wenck: Nikagbatse spielt mit den Extremen (Berliner Morgenpost, September 2, 2002)
- (German) Haldin und McCullough verlassen LTi 46ers, February 20, 2012
- (German) Maike Westphal: Kiffer unterm Korb (Der Tagesspiegel, May 28, 2008)
- (German) Nikagbatse heißt jetzt Haldin, January 17, 2012