TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – It was certainly an exciting and successful summer for the five former Seminoles who played in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Two veterans – Charlotte’s Dwayne Bacon and Orlando’s Braian Angola – and three rookies – Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann of the Los Angeles Clippers along with Christ Koumadje of the Philadelphia 76ers – displayed the talents they perfected as Seminoles.
As Bacon and Angola continue their already successful NBA careers, Kabengele (2019 first round NBA draft pick), Mann (2019 second round draft pick) and Koumadje (free agent signee) began their professional careers in the NBA’s prestigious Las Vegas Summer League. Each of the former Seminoles’ played a vital role in their teams’ successes and impressed their teams as the start of the 2019-20 NBA season grows closer.
Bacon, who was a second round NBA draft pick in the 2017, begins his third season with the Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 15.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in leading the Hornets’ Summer League team to a 2-3 record. Bacon scored his Summer League season high of 25 points in a 94-85 victory over Golden State.
Angola, who was a standout player for the Lakeland Magic in the G-League in 2019, averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists for Orlando’s Summer League team. As an undrafted free agent signed by the Magic in 2018, Angola averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 38 games for Lakeland during his first professional season.
Kabengele, the sixth first round pick in the NBA Draft under Seminoles’ Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, averaged 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds as he helped the Los Angeles Clippers to a 3-2 Summer League record. He totaled a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 93-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers and scored 13 points to go along with four blocked shots in an 83-80 win over Sacramento. Kabengele scored in double figures in each of the four games he played.
Mann, the 16th NBA draft selection as a Seminole under Hamilton, was his usual stat–stuffing self as he averaged 8.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in three games for the Clippers. He finished third in the NBA Summer League with an 11.3 rebounds per game average as he totaled 14 rebounds in an 87-75 loss to Memphis and 11 rebounds in a 90-72 win over the Washington Wizards.
“It was great to learn from the coaching staff we had,” said Mann. “They believed in me to switch my position. They gave me the confidence to play the point guard role. Being able to play against people I competed against in college at the next level was eye opening. The Clippers are a high class organization. I think that it gave me valuable experience that I can bring into my rookie year”
Both Kabengele and Mann will begin training camp with the Clippers in Hawaii. The Clippers’ training camp trip to Hawaii includes a preseason game against Russell Westbrook, James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Thursday, October 3 and another against the Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) Shanghai Sharks, owned and run by retired NBA star Yao Ming, on Sunday, October 6. Both games will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Koumadje, an undrafted free agent, played in five games for the Philadelphia 76ers and averaged 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting .632 field. He scored 11 points and blocked five shots in a 107-106 win over Milwaukee and scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in an 84-81 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Koumadje impressed the 76ers management and has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the organization. The contract signed by Koumadje gives the 76ers the option to convert the agreement to a two-way deal (between the 76ers and their G-League team). If a two-way deal is not offered, Koumadje could then sign with the team’s G-League affiliate – the Delaware Blue Coats.