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2019 NBA Draft Preview

The NBA Draft begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Florida State has two former players who are hoping to hear their names called on draft night and three other former players that could wind up on NBA Summer League rosters.

Mfiondu Kabengele has the potential to go in the late lottery to early 20s in the draft and he’s worked out for a ton of teams leading up to Thursday. Kabengele has spent time with Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Indiana, Orlando, San Antonio, and Utah, among others. He’s impressed at the combine and in private workouts with his athleticism and versatility on the court. The Canadian native needs to continue improving his touch from deep but his overall offensive skill set brings a lot to the table early in his career. Wherever Kabengele lands, you can bet he’ll be working his tail off to get on the court and make an impact in any way he can.

Terance Mann isn’t a lock to be drafted but his stock has been rising in recent weeks ever since he played his way into an NBA Combine invite at the NBA G League Elite camp in May. He’s also been putting up the frequent flyer miles, visiting Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. By all accounts, NBA clubs have been enamored with his play on defense and improving offense. Some of the recent mock drafts have Mann being selected in the early to middle part of the Second-Round.

Mann brings a competitive edge and a winning culture wherever he goes. If he’s available in the second half of the draft, you can almost bet a team will take a chance on him. Mann may never be a star in the NBA but he could be a quality role player and good locker room guy for years to come.

Christ Koumadje and Phil Cofer likely won’t be drafted unless a team has fallen in love with them during the private workout circuit. They’ve both had their fair share of looks from NBA teams prior to the draft. Koumadje has worked out with Charlotte, LA Lakers, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Sacramento while Cofer has worked out with Boston, Miami, and Phoenix. When healthy, Cofer has shown off an efficient ability to score the ball. Koumadje brings unique size and rim protection to the table. Expect both of them to play in the NBA Summer League following the draft.

David Nichols hasn’t worked out for any NBA teams though he did sign with GoEmpire Group as his representation back on April 30. GoEmpire mostly deals with clients playing overseas but they do have two current clients in the NBA G-League. It seems like Nichols is trying to find the right fit for himself to continue his basketball career.

All in all, the 2019 NBA Draft should see at least two former Seminoles be selected for just the third time in the last 26 years. Koumadje and Cofer could hang around if they land in the right situation.


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