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French prospect Sidy Cissoko to play for G League Ignite next season

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Sidy Cissoko, a 6-foot-8 forward from France, has signed a contract to play with the NBA G League Ignite, becoming the first European-born prospect to join the program.

Cissoko played last season with Iraurgi Saski Baloia in the second division of the Spanish Basketball League on loan from Saski Baskonia. He averaged 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33 games on 41.9% shooting from the field during his first professional season.

The 18-year-old most recently competed in the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. He recorded three points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for the World Select Team on April 8.

Prior to playing in Spain, Cissoko represented France at the 2021 FIBA U18 European Challengers, averaging 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals in five games. He is also expected to compete in the 2022 FIBA U18 European Championship in Turkey from July 30-Aug. 7.

Cissoko is highly touted for his ability on both ends of the floor. He has demonstrated good court vision at times and has shown flashes on defense given his length and athleticism. He is still a bit raw but has the tools in place to develop into a good player.

He is the fourth player to commit to the Ignite for their third season, joining Scoot Henderson, Leonard Miller and Efe Abogidi. Cissoko is projected by some to be a first-round pick next year and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of several recent draftees from the program.

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