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Wyatt shines in Sixers scrimmage

ORLANDO – The 76ers' Fourth of July scrimmage was a good one for Khalif Wyatt.

Wyatt shines in Sixers scrimmage

Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

ORLANDO – The 76ers' Fourth of July scrimmage was a good one for Khalif Wyatt.

The undrafted rookie free-agent guard out of Temple impressed the Sixers coaches with his “old man’s game” on Wednesday night.

“He’s been here before. That’s what we say down south,” said Sixers assistant Michael Curry, who’s from Augusta, Ga. “He’s very crafty, has the ability to score the basketball. I’ve been really impressed with what he’s done with his body. He’s gotten a lot leaner.

“But his basketball IQ is super high.”

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The slimmed-down 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is among the rookies and first-year players here on the Sixers’ Orlando Pro Summer League team. The team opens league play at 9 a.m. Sunday against the Houston Rockets. The tourney ends on July 12.

“I’m just trying to get better every day,” Wyatt said. “I’m learning a lot. They are throwing a lot of different stuff at you. But I’m just trying to pick it up as quick as I can, just play hard.”

He is both the Big Five and Atlantic Ten Conference player of the year. Wyatt was also named honorable-mention all-American and was an all-district selection by both the USBWA and NABC.

The 22-year-old averaged 20.5 points and scored 30 or more points on seven occasions this season. He concluded his Temple career with back-to-back 31-point performances in the second and third round of the NCAA tournament.

Wyatt  said he can bring the effectiveness he displayed at Temple to the Sixers summer league squad.

“Just making plays, making shots, stuff like that,” he said. “Just bring energy.”

Wyatt is scheduled to play for the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 13-22.

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams, swingman Rodney Williams and power forward Arnett Moultrie also stood out during Wednesday's scrimmage.

Contact Inquirer Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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