Wyatt joins Sixers: 'This is an unreal feeling'

Wyatt joins Sixers: 'This is an unreal feeling'

September 13, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Khalif Wyatt averaged 20.5 points per game in his senior season at Temple and scored 30 or more points in a game seven times. (USA Today Images)

Earlier this summer, former Temple basketball standout Khalif Wyatt went with the Sixers to Orlando to play in the Orlando Summer League.

After that, he planned on playing in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks, except the Sixers asked that he not go.

Wyatt obliged.

“I hoped when they asked me not to go to Las Vegas that meant they had future plans for me,” Wyatt said Friday morning. “I was just trying to take things from that point on one day at a time.”

Wyatt’s patience paid off. In front of 200 kids at Burlington High School in New Jersey who were present as part of a charity event, he signed a contract this morning to play for his hometown NBA team this upcoming season. He had agreed to terms Thursday night (see story).

“I grew up a Sixers fan,” Wyatt said. “Allen Iverson is my all-time favorite player. I went to Temple, so for a hometown kid this is an unreal feeling.”

Wyatt averaged 20.5 points as a senior playing for the Owls shooting 42 percent from the floor. He shot just 32 percent from three-point range last year but during his sophomore campaign he shot a sizzling 42 percent from behind the arc.

There is potential for Wyatt to get significant playing time this season. The Sixers' perimeter -- with the exception of Jason Richardson, who is recovering from knee surgery that has him sidelined until February at the earliest -- is void of knock-down shooters.

Wyatt proved in college he could make outside shots and now hopes to do it in the NBA.

The Sixers will begin training camp Sept. 28, and they open their regular season against the defending champs, the Miami Heat, on Oct. 30.

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