When Charles A. Bassey was born on October 28, 2000, he was an NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, which is an American league (NBA). He was a member of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers while he was in college. Because of the NBA draught, the 76ers chose him.
Bassey was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he played soccer until he was 12 when he was 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall. At the time, he was tall enough to play soccer. The youth basketball coach found him at that age when Bassey was selling fried chicken on the side of the road and wearing flip-flops that were too small for him.
Soon after, he stopped playing soccer and instead worked on his basketball skills. Bassey was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the basketball camp Giants of Africa, which was started by Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri. Bassey was just 14 years old at the time.
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High School Career
- A private high school in San Antonio, Texas, called St. Anthony Catholic High School, took Bassey there when he was 14. He was 6 feet 10 inches tall (2.08 m) when he was 14 years old. By then, recruiters thought he was one of the best prospects in his class.
- He scored 20.2 points, had 17.1 rebounds, and blocked 5.9 shots per game as a freshman. He led his team to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) title game, where they won. Bassey played in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game.
- He was named MVP, and he won the game. Before his sophomore year, Bassey was told by the TAPPS that he couldn’t play. St. Anthony filed an appeal. Jeff Merritt, the head coach, lost his job because he played an ineligible player on the team.
- St. Anthony broke away from the TAPPS and joined the Texas Christian Athletic League, which made Bassey eligible again for the next game. Aspire Basketball Academy is a basketball team in Louisville. Bassey moved to DeSales High School in Louisville, Kentucky, for his junior season because he wanted to play basketball.
- It was after his legal guardian and an assistant coach at St. Anthony were fired from the team, that he made the decision. The way he played as a junior was that he scored 19.4 points and grabbed 12.8 rebounds per game.
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- On November 18, 2018, Bassey scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 78–62 loss to UCF. A Western Kentucky freshman had the most rebounds by an undergrad there since 1972 on January 31, 2019. He scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds that day.
- As a freshman, Bassey scored 14.6 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked 2.4 shots per game. He was named First Team All-Conference USA, Defensive Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year. He had the most rebounds, blocks, and double-doubles by a freshman in the history of the team.
- When Bassey played Arkansas, he broke a bone on the top of his tibia that required surgery. His sophomore season was cut short. When he played in the first 10 games of the season, he was scoring 15.3 points, getting 9.2 points per game, and blocking 1.6 shots per game.
- On November 26, 2020, Bassey scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked seven shots in a 75–69 win over Memphis. This was a record for Bassey. His best score was 29 points and 14 rebounds against Gardner–Webb on December 10.
- The game went down to the wire, but he came out on top. At the end of the 2020–21 regular season, he was named Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in three years.
- This is how much he scored per game: 17.6 points per game. He also got 11.6 rebounds and blocked 3.1 shots per game. After the season, he said he was going to play for the NBA in the 2021 draught, giving up his remaining college eligibility.
Bassey was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 53rd pick in the second round of the 2021 NBA draught. He then joined them for the 2021 NBA Summer League. On September 24, 2021, he agreed to join the 76ers.
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Bassey’s mother died soon after he arrived in the United States at the age of 14. Bassey thought about moving back to Nigeria at the time, but his father Akpan Ebong Bassey told him to stay because of money.
An American private school basketball coach from Canada, Hennessy Auriantal, helped bring Bassey to the United States. Auriantal runs the Yes II Success organization, which helps bring international players to private schools in the United States.
It was on March 31, 2017, that Auriantal and his wife were given conservatorship of Bassey by a judge. A few years later, Bassey’s father tried to get the case reopened and give Nigerian basketball tournament organizer John Faniran custody of his son, but the petition was thrown out because it didn’t have enough proof.
Charles Bassey’s Net Worth
Currently, Charles is owed $925,258 by the Philadelphia 76ers for this season, and he will earn $1,563,518 in the following season. His net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million dollars. He is a relative newcomer to the NBA and has yet to reach new heights, which he will do with his improved game and talent.