SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM: Saint Anthony Spurs
Among the best players of ESPN’s Top 100 Big Boards Going undrafted, Alabama’s Charles Bediako is the top remaining prospect yet to have a two-way contract signed.
Bedkiako averaged 17.5 points, 17.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks for 40 minutes for San Antonio during the NBA Summer League. He was incredibly productive when he was on the court.
Bediako, who is only 21 years old, was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team last season. The bigs allowed just 0.64 points allowed per defensive chance for Alabama last season, via Statistics Performwho ranked second best among all undrafted free agents.
Opponents went 15 of 39 (30.7 percent) when he was the closest defender in the restricted area and 12 of 46 (26.1 percent) in the unrestricted area of the paint. via Statistics Perform. Both ranked as the best among all undrafted free agents who had at least 20 recorded tries.
Alabama allowed opposing teams to shoot just 45.0 percent at the basket when Bediako was on the court, according to CBB Analyticswho was the best among all Division I men’s college basketball players.
Bediako was also disruptive when defending shooters. Opponents were 22-for-80 (.275) when Bediako contested jumpers, via Statistics Performwhich also ranked second (minimum: 50 attempts) among UDFA.
In the meantime, though, there’s also a lot to like about their offense.
His “shot quality” (1.38) ranked best among all undrafted free agents, by synergyand he did a good job of keeping the offense flowing when he was on the court.
He set 0.13 dribble passes per touch for Alabama, via Statistics Perform, which ranked in the top-10 among the UDFA. Both his secondary assist rate (3.6 percent) and free throw assist rate (3.1 percent) also ranked in the top 10.
Some fun glimpses of Charles Bediako not just in that first half but in this Summer League.
You can fully understand San Antonio by taking a flyer about the physical tools and size. It will take time but you can see the rough mold of a collaborator.
— Mr. Ass (@JohnchoVilla) July 17, 2023
Bediako stood at 6 feet 10 inches in socks with a wingspan of 7 feet 3.25 inches. Those are similar measurements to LaMarcus Aldridge, by stadium speech.
San Antonio still has room to offer one or more two-way deals depending on what they decide to do with Dominick Barlow. But any team looking for a big man should have a legitimate interest in Bediako.