Philadelphia 76ers No. 53 pick Charles Bassey has agreed to a three-year rookie deal, his agents Adie von Gontard and Daveed Cohen told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Bassey’s deal includes full guarantee in Year 1 and partial guarantee in Year 2.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 24, 2021
The Sixers have signed second-round pick, Charles Bassey, to a three-year deal. The Nigerian-born big man who played for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers is a high-ceiling player who could end up playing a big role for the Sixers over the coming years as a backup 5 to Joel Embiid.
Bassey has one heck of a story, moving to the US at 14 after being found by a scout in Lagos, Nigeria selling chicken on the side of the road. Originally a soccer player, Bassey was named MVP at Raptors exec Masai Ujiri’s “Giants of Africa” camp and quickly switched his focus to basketball. Right after moving to the US, Bassey’s mother died and he considered returning to Nigeria, but ended up staying in the US at the urging of his father.
After bouncing around at a few high schools stateside, Bassey earned a consensus 5-star rating and was the 9th overall player in the 2018 class after reclassifying.
Bassey was a standout for the Hilltoppers, averaging 16 and 10 while shooting 31% from three. Considered still somewhat of a raw prospect, the Sixers brass is hoping he can continue to develop into the player that was widely considered one of the best recruits in his class.
Here’s to hoping Bassey becomes a steal in the second round. Enjoy some videos of Bassey dominating the college game on this beautiful Friday: