TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Christ Koumadje, who finished his Seminole career ranked third in career field goal percentage (.622), seventh in career blocked shots (146) and tied for 21st in career games played (122), has agreed to a free agent deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. He is set to begin his professional basketball career in the NBA when the 76ers start play in the NBA Summer League July 5-15 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus.
Philadelphia opens play in the NBA Summer League against Milwaukee on July 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Koumadje averaged a career-high 6.6 points (sixth on the team), a career-high 5.6 rebounds (third) and 1.4 blocked shots while starting all 37 games for the Seminoles in 2019. He averaged 15.5 minutes played per game as the only Seminole to start all 37 games. In establishing his career-high for points scored in a single season, Koumadje scored in double figures in a career-high tying seven games to being his career total to 15. He shot a career-high .627 from the field as a senior – the sixth highest single-season shooting percentage in school history.
Koumadje played on three NCAA Tournament teams and was a member of the winningest senior class during his Florida State career (2016-19).
As a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, he played in nine career NCAA Tournament games – the Seminoles earned a 6-3 record in those nine games. He was a starter for the Seminoles and helped them advance to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Koumadje helped the Seminoles to a No. 3 seed in the West Region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, to a No. 9 seed in the South Region of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and to a No. 4 seed in the West Region of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
“To say we are happy for Christ would be an understatement,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “He has worked as hard as any player we have ever coached and has certainly earned this opportunity with the 76ers. We know he will continue to work hard and improve as he puts all of his efforts into achieving his goal of playing in the NBA.”
In 2019, Koumadje established career-highs for games played (37), games started (37), field goals made (106), field goals attempted (169), field goal percentage (.627), free throws made (32), free throws attempted (55), offensive rebounds (74), defensive rebounds (132), total rebounds (206), rebounds per game 5.6), blocked shots (52), steals (eight), minutes played (573), total points (244) and points per game (6.6). In establishing his career-high for points scored in a single season, he scored in double figures in a career-high tying seven games to being his career total to 15.
Philadelphia finished the 2019 season with a 51-31 record and in third place in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers defeated Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the World Champion Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The NBA Summer League 2019 will be an 11-day, 83-game competition that opens with all 32 teams (all 30 NBA teams plus Team China and Team Croatia) playing four preliminary games each. The top eight teams are then seeded in a tournament, which culminates with a Championship Game on July 15. Teams that do not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game. Every team will play at least five games and as many as seven at NBA Summer League.