Charles Bassey is a Nigerian basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The basketball player is on a two-way contract with the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. In the 2021 NBA draft, Charles was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Charles Bassey Biography
This Nigerian basketball player was born on October 28, 2000 in Lagos Nigeria. In this place, he played soccer until age 12 at the time. While Charles was selling fried chicken on the road at that age, he was discovered by a youth basketball coach. So he focused on developing his basketball skills and stopped playing soccer. Charles was named most valuable player (MVP) of basketball camp Giants of Africa at age 14. Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri established this program.
Unfortunately, his mother passed away shortly after he arrived in the United States at age 14. Though, he considered moving back to Nigeria but was persuaded to stay for financial reasons by his father Akpan Ebong. He has a listed height of 6 ft 9 and a weight of 230 lb (104 kg).
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Charles Bassey Family
According to research, his mother passed away shortly after he arrived in the United States. Although, his father Akpan Ebong was the one that encouraged him to stay and not move back to Nigeria. Charles was brought to the United States by the help of Canadian-born basketball coach, Hennssy Auriantal. Auriantal and his wife were granted conservatorship over Charles on March 31, 2017. However, Charles
s father filed a petition to reopen the case and give Nigerian basketball tournament organizer John Faniran custody over his son. Due to lack of verification, the petition was dropped. There is no further information present about his family on the internet apart from this.
Charles Bassey Career
High School Career
Charles moved to the United States at age 14 to continue his basketball career at St. Anthony Catholic High School, a private school in San Antonio, Texas. By then, he was considered as one of the best prospects in his class by recruiting analysts. He led his team to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) title game as a freshman. Furthermore, he was named MVP at the Jordan Brand Classic International Game that he competed in. With St. Anthony filing an appeal, Charles was ruled ineligible by the TAPPS before his sophomore season. However, he still made his debut and head coach Jeff Merritt was fired for playing an ineligible player.
The Nigerian basketball player transferred to DeSales High School in Louisville, Kentucky for his junior season. Then he began playing for the Aspire Basketball Academy in Louisville and this decision was after his legal guardian and assistant coach at St. Anthony Hennssy was dismissed from the program.
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A freshman season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-62 loss to UCF was recorded by Charles on November 18, 2018. The most rebounds by a freshman since 1972 was recorded by him on January 13, 2019. Being a freshman, he earned First Team All-Conference USA, Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. In addition, the most rebounds, blocks, and doubles-doubles by a freshman were recorded by him. A tibial plateau fracture that he suffered against Arkansas that required surgery cut short his sophomore season.
While repeating the leagues Defensive Player of the Year at the close of the 2020-21 regular season, he was named the Conference USA Player of the Year. Furthermore, he declared for the 2021 NBA draft forgoing his remaining college eligibility.
Philadelphia 76ers (2021-2022)
With the 53rd pick in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft, Charles was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. After this, he subsequently joined them for the 2021 NBA Summer League. He signed with the 76ers on September 24, 2021 and waived on October 13, 2022.
San Antonio Spurs (2022-present)
The San Antonio Spurs announced that they had signed Charles to a two-way contract on October 24, 2022.
Charles Bassey Career Highlights and Awards
All-NBA G League Second Team (2022)
NBA G League All-Defensive Team (2022)
NBA G League All-Rookie Team (2022)
Third-team All-American – USBWA (2021)
Conference USA Player of the Year (2021)
2x First-team All-Conference USA (2019, 2021)
2x Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year (2019, 2021)
Conference USA Freshman of the Year (2019)
Charles Bassey Net Worth
Charles is new to NBA and yet to touch new heights but will still do with his improved game and talent. Most of his earnings are collected from his Yeezy sneakers but his basic income source is mostly from being a successful Athlete. According to research, his estimated net worth is somewhere between $1 million to $5 million.
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Charles Bassey Social Handles
According to research, Charles is a famous person and active on social media. He is active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Charles Bassey Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Accounts
His Instagram handle is @cb_ones23 and he has 47.5k followers. While his Twitter account is @CB_ONES23. Then his Facebook account is Charles Bassey- Ekemini-Abasi Ikono, Uyo Ward 9.
This Nigerian basketball player has really made a name for himself despite all odds. Indeed, he is the true definition of dedication, commitment, and determination. In fact, coupled to his game and talent, he has a lot of accomplishments and awards. He has achieved much and we are certain he will still achieve more with his talent and game.