Former Villanova University star forward Curtis Sumpter might join the Philadelphia 76ers. Sumpter is rumored to join the Sixers coaching staff as a player development/video intern.
If hired, Sumpter will become the latest local product to join the team. The other two are Temple University’s Khalif Wyatt and Lavoy Allen.
Sumpter will certainly help the Sixers inexperienced frontcourt development, particularly rookie center Nerlens Noel. Sumpter averaged 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and shot 80.5 percent from the line his senior season. The former All Big East Conference player also had stints with Germany and France’s pro teams.
He is also a member of the 2011 Pan American Games bronze medal winning US National Team.
Another reason for the potential hire could be the Sixers are looking for someone closer to the age of the younger players who they can relate to and is inexpensive. He was the student athlete development assistant before applying for this internship.
The Sixers are making use of every opportunity, no matter how small the position may be. Sixers head coach Brett Brown emphasized this will be more like a full-time position than internship to Philly.com, “He’ll spend a lot of time in a video room, learning the NBA, helping us out,” Brown said. “He’s going to be on the court, guarding people and a little bit of coaching. But doing a bunch of other stuff.”
The Sixers began training camp yesterday with a focus on a few things rather than cram everything on the first day for a two-hour morning session at Saint Joseph’s University. The short sessions should benefit Sumpter.