Selected in the second round of the Draft a few months ago, the French Ismaël Kamagate is one of those prospects who stayed an additional year in their club – Paris Basket in this case – to continue to develop in order to cross the ‘Atlantic a little later. And for the second best rebounder in the French championship, 2023 could well be the year he decides to take the plunge.
While all eyes are obviously on Victor Wembanyama during this 2022-23 season of Betclic ELITE, another tricolor prospect with the NBA in his sights is making his mark. You have understood that we are talking about Ismaël Kamagate, pivot of Paris Basket who is running this year at 11.5 points, 9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1 average interception, all that for the second best rating in the championship behind you know who. Perfs that weigh and above all suggest a future in the biggest basketball league in the world, in the States. That’s good, the NBA, Isma is thinking about it more and more.
“The goal is to go back there next season. I’m still in contact with them (the Nuggets). They are listening. They give a lot of advice, I often talk to the scouts, the coaches, the general manager. They often come to Paris, come to matches, we debrief on my performance, they tell me what I have to work on, so it’s going well, it’s constructive. I have to prove that they can trust me. »
– Ismaël Kamagate, road The Parisian
As a reminder, if Kamagate was selected by Detroit in 46th position in the 2022 Draft, he was transferred in stride to Portland then to Denver, the Nuggets therefore possessing the rights to the interior of 2m11 and 100 kilos. And something tells us that Colorado executives and scouts are rather encouraged by the performances of the blue-white-red interior, which is also turning over 10 points – 7 rebounds – 2 blocks in five EuroCup games and which has just made his debut with the French team.
Ismael Kamagate sir 💯% tonight ⭐
— LNB (@LNBofficiel) November 6, 2022
At 21 years old, the one who participated in the All-Star LNB last season before finishing as the best defender in the championship has good reason to be ambitious. Kamagate had already shown some not uninteresting things during the Summer League of Las Vegas last summer, and his performances this season confirm the rise in power that we are entitled to expect from a prospect like him. Will it allow him to find a place in the Nuggets roster next year? It remains to be seen, but when we know that Denver is evolving today with DeAndre Jordan behind the pivot MVP Nikola Jokic and that Zeke Nnaji is more of a 4 than a 5, we say to ourselves that Ishmael will have a good shot to play. through the defensive impact he can bring into a racket.
Text source: Le Parisien