St. John’s basketball: Julian Champagnie lights up Summer League

St. John's basketball forward Julian Champagnie (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball forward Julian Champagnie (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

St. John’s basketball standout Julian Champagnie starred during NBA Summer League. 

It was an outstanding couple of weeks for St. John’s basketball standout Julian Champagnie during his second stint during the NBA’s Summer League.

Champagnie, after averaging 3.7 points per contest last season in seven Summer League games, started the two week stretch with a 30 point performance in the California Classic as the basketball world awaited the debut of his San Antonio Spurs teammate, and No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama.

The undrafted product made 9-of-20 attempts from the field, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range, while recording eight rebounds two assists and four steals in the victory.

Nothing changed in the encore performance from Julian Champagnie in Sacramento two days later with 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting and connecting on 5-of-10 triples.

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As the Spurs moved to Las Vegas, the debut of Wembanyama arrived but Champagnie stole the show with 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

The St. John’s superstar had his first poor performance of the summer when he was only able to gather four points on just 1-of-6 shooting but rallied to net 18 points in his final game of the simmer before San Antonio shut him down.

Champagnie averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per contest in Summer League while shooting 40.8-percent from the floor and 37.2-percent from 3-point range.

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Julian Champagnie inked a 4-year, $12 million contract this summer with the San Antonio Spurs but the final year is a team option.

However, the Brooklyn, New York native is guaranteed a spot on the Spurs’ 15-man roster in the deal.

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Champagnie averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game with the Spurs in just 11 games, making his first appearance on March 4 with the organization.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 20.0 points during five games in April.

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