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What to Watch For Wednesday: Former Noles Compete in NBA Summer League Action

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Florida State’s 2019-20 athletic year doesn’t begin until Aug 22 when the defending national champion Seminoles host TCU on the soccer field. In the meantime, FSU fans will have to settle for watching recent basketball players don different uniforms during the NBA’s Summer League.

Currently, there are five former FSU players on NBA Summer League rosters. The two most notable are recent draft picks, Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann, who both play for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kabengele became the third FSU player in four years to be selected in the first round in late-June when he was taken 27th overall by the Brooklyn Nets. His rights were traded to the Clippers. Mann was selected by the Clippers in the second round with the 48th overall pick.

The Clippers will start Summer League action on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

So far, three other former Florida State players are listed on NBA Summer League rosters. Dwayne Bacon will play for the Charlotte Hornets’ Summer League team while Braian Angola serves as a member of the Orlando Magic. Undrafted free agent center Christ Koumadje will play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

In his second year in the NBA last season, Bacon played in 43 games for the Hornets, averaging 7.3 points while shooting a fairly efficient 48 percent from the field. Bacon raised his 3-point percentage from 26 percent as a rookie to nearly 44 percent. Charlotte opens Summer League play on Friday against the Golden State Warriors.

Angola has not yet appeared in an NBA regular season game, but did average 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the Lakeland Magic of the G-League last season. Angola appeared in 38 games and shot 36 percent from distance. The Magic will play the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

Koumadje, a 7-foot-4 center, averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks as a senior for FSU last season while shooting 63 percent from the field. The 76ers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday afternoon on in Las Vegas.

Former FSU forward Phil Cofer was reported to be part of the Summer League roster for the Atlanta Hawks. Currently, Cofer doesn’t show up on the roster. The initial tweet from the FSU basketball account has been deleted.

The NBA Summer League won’t be the only place to see FSU athletes competing this summer. 10 FSU baseball players will be playing summer ball and seven will play in the Cape Cod League.

Pitchers Shane Drohan, C.J. Van Eyk and catcher Mat Nelson will all play for the Falmouth Commodores. Junior pitchers Conor Grady and Jonah Scolaro will each play for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.

Also playing in the Cape Cod League will be outfielder Robby Martin for the Cotuit Kettleers. Cooper Swanson, a first baseman and outfielder, will play for the Chatham Anglers.

Infielder Nander De Sedas will play in the New England CBL for the MV Sharks. 2-way player Cade Hungate will play in the Valley League for the New Market Rebels. Chris Ruckdeschel will pitch for the Boca Raton Blazers of the South Florida CBL.

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