Former Baskonia prospect Sidy Cissoko explains why he joined G League Ignite

Potential 2023 first-round pick Sidy Cissoko has signed with the NBA’s G League Ignite, Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports. Cissoko was encouraged by the ascension of Australian Dyson Daniels in this year’s draft.

Cissoko spent the past season with Baskonia, and he is the third-ranked Europe prospect beyond projected 2023 top pick Victor Wembanyama and Rayan Rupert. Cissoko joins projected 2023 No. 2 pick Scoot Henderson on Ignite’s roster.

“We explored several options with my agents and I was convinced G League Ignite was the best opportunity to achieve my goals,” Cissoko said. The ability of this program to maximize the potential of its players on and off the court convinced me.

Even more, the tailor-made development program and opportunity to start my transition to the US game style, 3-point line and off-court life is a key asset. I felt during our conversations with the staff that I was a priority.”

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The 18-year-old prospect arrived in Vitoria-Gasteiz at the age of 13, and he remained with the team for five years. He spent last season with Juaristi ISB in LEB Oro and appeared in 31 games in the second-tier league of Spanish basketball.

He averaged 10.6 points, 2.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per contest. He made one appearance with Baskonia this past season playing for one minute in Liga Endesa.

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