Report: Sixers sign Florida State’s Christ Koumadje
The Sixers left draft night with two players. Their lone first-round pick, Mattise Thybulle, will probably some playing time pretty quickly off the bench. With the 54th pick, they snagged guard Marial Shayok out of Iowa State, who seems more likely to join the Sixers' G League affiliate in Delaware.
They ended up trading away, or selling, their other second-rounders, but have already started to add some players to look at for Summer League. Tobias Harris' brother, Terry, will be suiting up for the Sixers this summer and now they will reportedly sign Florida State big man Christ Koumadje.
Koumadje was part of the Sixers pre-draft workouts on June 7 and Marc Eversly, the team's Senior VP of Player Personnel, viewed him as a standout at that particular session, pointing towards the big man's defense. The signing would indicate that he's going be on the Sixers Summer League roster at the least with a spot on the G League team as a possibility.
During Koumadje's media availability with the Sixers, he mentioned how even at 7-foot-4, his foot speed is very good thanks to playing other sports growing up.
“I’ve always been a guy that moves around, playing soccer growing up. I did a lot of running, running track. So I think I got my foot speed, and stuff like that, playing soccer, and I definitely can have an impact.”
Nbadraft.net lists Koumadje's strengths as a total mismatch for just about any team at 7'4", 265, exceptional at catching lobs and he has a nice hook shot from a decent distance and can make it with either hand. As for his weaknesses, they list his jump-shot and range, his free throw percentage (was 58% his senior year) and trouble handling double teams.
Koumadje, like Sixers big man Joel Embiid, is pretty new to the game of basketball having started to play in high school.