Khalif Wyatt Is Latest Temple Player Added To Philadelphia 76ers
Temple University now has two players in the NBA. Both players are staying in the city they played college ball in, Philadelphia. Various media outlets are reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers will sign guard Khalif Wyatt.
This move isn’t a complete surprise, considering Wyatt played well in the summer league. He led the Sixers’ summer league team in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game. Wyatt is what the Sixers currently need by adding scoring, ball handling and play making off the bench.
The Sixers will sign him to a partially-guaranteed, multi-year contract. He will still need to play well during the preseason as well as the regular season if he is to remain on the roster. Former Temple star Dionte Christmas was signed to similar contract with the Sixers a few seasons ago, where he was eventually waived before the start of the regular season.
Wyatt will join former Temple teammate Lavoy Allen on the Sixers roster. Allen is going into the final year of his contract. This may benefit both players, as they are familiar with each other and will come off the bench.
Wyatt has spent his entire basketball career in the Philadelphia area, playing high school ball at Norristown High School and becoming the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year with Temple. He is also the current Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year and named honorable mention All-American.
While Wyatt’s defense remains questionable, his outside shooting and scoring ability will give the Sixers a new threat off the bench, considering all the injuries and lack of talent in the back court.
He played well during the two games in this year’s NCAA tournament, and held his own against Indiana and second overall draft pick Victor Oladipo.
Wyatt might also spend time with the Sixers D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, where he may join another former Temple teammate, Ramone Moore.
This is the second player move within the past week for the Sixers, who are signing low-cost, potential reward pieces.
Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.