2. Adama Sanogo
Among the most prolific undrafted players in this year’s class, many fans were excited about the news of Chicago signing Adama Sanogo to a two-way deal as an undrafted free agent. Earning two All-Big East selections before entering the draft, Sanogo caught the eye of many fans at the NCAA tournament this year, averaging 19.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 66.7% from the field and leading UCONN’s Huskies to the national title.
Following the news of Marko Simonovic being waived, a potential opportunity to receive minutes has just opened up for Sanogo. With only two centers on the roster right now, Sanogo may be entrusted to play a bit of garbage time here and there, or even bump up to the main roster if either Nikola Vucevic or Andre Drummond runs into any injury trouble this season.
Adama Sanogo has a chance to relay his collegiate success to the NBA with the Bulls.
Of course, Sanogo will need to prove he can be effective against lesser competition in the Summer League before the Bulls trust him to take things to the next level; but after seeing his star performance when the lights were shining the brightest in the NCAA tournament, he looks well on his way already. It looks as if Las Vegas just might be a genuine tryout for the main roster for Sanogo this summer.
That being said, it’s going to take a lot more than what we saw from him in the first game of Summer League action against Toronto. The big man posted just 5 points and 4 rebounds on 2-for-8 shooting from the field. While a combined 4 steals and blocks is a nice silver lining from Sanogo, he’s going to need to quicken his footwork if he wants to survive in the NBA.