Tortona piazza il colpo: ufficiale la firma di Semaj Christon

Two years of high level at the College, the experiences in Pesaro and in the NBA, the inclusion in the second quintet of EuroCup and now the choice to return to Italy: Semaj Rakim Christonpoint guard born in 1992, is a new player from Bertram Derthona, with whom he signed a two-year contract until June 2024.

CAREER – Born in Cincinnati (Ohio) on November 1, 1992, Christon takes his first steps at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, before moving to Xavier College. In his first season, he leads the team in points, assists and steals, being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. In 2013/14 Semaj further elevates his performance, scoring over 17 points per game. He then ends his college experience declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft.

The point guard is selected by the Miami Heat with the 55th call to the 2014 Draft, before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He starts the season with the Oklahoma City Blue shirt, in D-League, with which he ends the year with 18.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

In 2015/16 Christon moved to Italy, to VL Pesaro, with which he produced 14.3 points per game, leading the team to safety. He then returns to Oklahoma City where he makes his NBA debut on October 26, 2016.

In 2017/18 he played with the Guangzhou Long Lions jersey, in China and subsequently, from July to September, with the Santeros de Aguada in Puerto Rico. In September 2018 he returned to Europe, in Israel, with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, with whom he reached the Cup final losing it with Maccabi Rishon LeZion.

He starts 2019/20 in France, with Limoges CSP, before moving to Baskonia in January 2020. With the Spanish team he plays both the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague, and is part of the roster of the team that wins the title following the victory in the final against Barcelona.

After the experience at Baskonia, Christon chooses Tofas Bursa as the next stage of his career, where he averages over 12 points per game. His performance earned him the call of the ratiopharm Ulm, Germany, where he imposed himself as one of the leaders of the team. He ends 2021/22 averaging over 15 points between the championship and the EuroCup, of which he is one of the best players. In fact, he earns his placement in the second quintet of the season thanks to over 17 points scored in the 18 matches played.

Christon wore the national team jersey in two matches in the 2019 World Cup qualifying window. Now he comes to Bertram Derthona to start a new chapter in his career.

The words of Marco PicchiPresident of Bertram Derthona: “I want to thank Peppe Sindoni for the professionalism and assistance he has provided us in this difficult and very important negotiation. We are very happy that a player of Christon’s caliber has chosen our project and Tortona, joining us with a two-year contract despite the many requests he has had as a team competing in the European cups. This means that ours is a project seen through the eyes of very important players and agents: we are happy to have Semaj at the disposal of coach Ramondino “.

Like this coach Marco Ramondino: “For us it is very important to be able to include a player with proven leadership and experience. When building the team, one of our goals is certainly to increase the physical-athletic potential of the roster without losing the technical-tactical identity. We also want to respect our main strength of last season: the predisposition to team play. We are therefore happy and confident to have taken this first step in the right direction “.

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