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Semaj Rakem Christon (born November 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Guangzhou Long-Lions
Guangzhou Long-Lions
of the Chinese Basketball Association
Chinese Basketball Association
(CBA). He played college basketball for Xavier.

Contents

1 High school career 2 College career

2.1 2012–13 season 2.2 2013–14 season

3 Professional career

3.1 D-League
D-League
and Summer League (2014–2015) 3.2 Consultinvest Pesaro (2015–2016) 3.3 Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
(2016–2017) 3.4 Guangzhou Long-Lions
Guangzhou Long-Lions
(2017–present)

4 Career statistics

4.1 Regular season 4.2 Playoffs

5 References 6 External links

High school career[edit] The Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
native attended Winton Woods High School with whom he led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in scoring as a senior with 21 points per game, adding 5.2 assists. He was a District 16 Player of the Year, Fort Ancient Valley Conference West Division Player of the Year, Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star, All-Southwest District Second-Team selection,[1] and Honorable Mention All-State.[2][3] In July 2011, Christon committed to Xavier, playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference of the NCAA Division I, but would join the team in 2012, first attending prep school Brewster Academy
Brewster Academy
along with fellow recruit Jalen Reynolds.[3] Christon, rated a four star recruit by Rivals.com,[4] chose Cincinnati college Xavier over reported offers from Illinois, Providence and Georgetown.[5] At Brewster, he was part of a star-studded lineup that included future NBA players JaKarr Sampson, T. J. Warren
T. J. Warren
and Mitch McGary, serving as the floor general and assist-provider as the school romped to a 32-1 record and a National Prep School Championship,[6][7] with Christon earning All-NESPAC First Team honours.[4][8] During his high school career, Christon also played AAU basketball for Club Ohio, participating in the Under-17 National Championship,[9] and later on for the Cincinnati Knights.[10] College career[edit] 2012–13 season[edit] Christon joined Xavier for the 2012–13 season. After missing the first game of the season due to a cut in his elbow getting infected,[11] he made his Musketeer debut against Butler on 13 November 2012, contributing 2 points and 8 assists.[12] His game soon picked up as he had an average of 17.7 points and 5 assists over the next 7 games, finishing the season as Xavier's leader in points (15.2), assists (4.6), steals (1.5) and minutes (34.3),[6] with his 456 total points ranking second among Xavier freshmen through history.[13] His performances earned him personal recognition, he was Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie team and All-Conference Second Team in the Atlantic 10,[14] adding a Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team selection by Collegeinsider.com and NABC District 4 Second Team.[15] 2013–14 season[edit] Xavier's realignment to the Big East Conference
Big East Conference
did not deter Christon in 2013-14,[16] on the contrary he improved his scoring average to a mark of 17 points per game, good for 4th in the conference, along with 4.1 assists (sixth best) and 1.4 steals, all on the way to a unanimous All-Big East First Team selection.[17] Entering the Big East Tournament with 984 career points, Christon had 18 points in the quarterfinal win against Marquette - a team against which he priorly had scored a career-high 28 points - to become second Musketeer after Byron Larkin to reach 1,000 points as a sophomore.[18] Another 18 points in the semifinal defeat to Creighton led to a Big East All-Tournament Team selection.[19] In the NCAA Tournament First Four encounter with NC State, Christon was overshadowed by former teammate T. J. Warren, posting 14 points with 7 turnovers against the former's 25 points as NC State won the game, that would prove to be the last of his college career.[20] In March 2014, Christon declared himself as an early entrant for the NBA draft, forgoing his two remaining years of college eligibility. Despite speculation that he would withdraw his entry, Christon hired an agent and submitted the paperwork in April 2014, thereby ensuring he wouldn't return to Xavier for his junior season.[21] Christon finished his collegiate career with 1,034 points in 64 games (16.2 average), adding 281 assists (4.4), he led the Musketeers in scoring and steals during both of the seasons he played and in assists during his freshman season.[22] Professional career[edit] D-League
D-League
and Summer League (2014–2015)[edit] Projected to be drafted anywhere between the late first round and late second round,[21] Christon was selected by the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
with the 55th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft
NBA draft
on June 26. His draft rights were later traded to the Charlotte Hornets,[23] and then again to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[24] He joined the Thunder for the 2014 NBA Summer League where he experienced his first taste of professional basketball.[25] Christon did not take part in the Thunder's training camp and was instead incorporated into the team's NBA Development League
NBA Development League
affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.[26][27] In his first professional game, on November 14, 2014 against the Maine Red Claws, he scored 32 points.[28] His good form continued during the season and led him to participate in the D-League
D-League
All-Star Game in February 2015, contributing 10 points for the Prospects.[29][30] Christon finished the 2014–15 season with 18.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists (ninth best in the league), 1.6 steals (13th) in around 35 minutes per game over 44 games played, earning NBA Development League
NBA Development League
All-Rookie Third Team honours.[31] In July 2015, Christon re-joined the Thunder for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[32] He performed well at the Orlando event, top-scoring in the fifth place game win over the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
with 23, for tournament averages of 15.6 and an unrivaled 6.8 assists.[33] Despite these performances and plaudits from Thunder assistant coach Darko Rajakovic, a contract was not forthcoming, with some speculating that the Thunder – having just signed Cameron Payne
Cameron Payne
at his position – would wait for backup point guard D. J. Augustin's contract to expire in 2016 before signing Christon.[34] Consultinvest Pesaro (2015–2016)[edit] Later that summer, Christon moved to the Italian Serie A, signing with Consultinvest Pesaro on August 3, 2015.[35] In 30 games, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 33.2 minutes per game.[36] Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
(2016–2017)[edit] In July 2016, Christon re-joined the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[37] On August 20, 2016, he officially signed with the Thunder for the first time.[36] On October 26, 2016, he made his NBA debut in a 103–97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, recording four points, four assists and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench.[38] On January 2, 2017, he scored a season-high 11 points in a 98–94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[39] During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder's D-League
D-League
affiliate.[40] On October 14, 2017, Christon was waived by the Thunder as one of the team’s final preseason roster cuts ahead of the 2017–18 season.[41] Guangzhou Long-Lions
Guangzhou Long-Lions
(2017–present)[edit] On December 2, 2017, Christon signed with Guangzhou Long-Lions.[42] Career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2014–15 Oklahoma City Blue D-League 46 35.2 .448 .259 .778 3.6 5.8 1.6 .2 18.8

2015–16 Consultinvest Pesaro Serie A 30 33.2 .469 .190 .664 3.3 3.7 1.6 .2 14.3

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2016–17 Oklahoma City 64 1 15.2 .345 .190 .548 1.4 2.0 .4 .1 2.9

Career 64 1 15.2 .345 .190 .548 1.4 2.0 .4 .1 2.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2017 Oklahoma City 2 0 10.5 .400 .333 .000 1.5 2.5 .5 .0 2.5

Career 2 0 10.5 .400 .333 .000 1.5 2.5 .5 .0 2.5

References[edit]

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All-Ohio Teams". OHSAA.org. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ a b "Men's Basketball
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announces the signing of four high school standouts". GoXavier.com. November 9, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ a b " Semaj Christon Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ Snow, Brian (July 25, 2011). "Christon comes off the board". Scout.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ a b Jefferson, Brandon (November 14, 2013). " Semaj Christon is the best college basketball player you don't know about". Uproxx.com. Dime Magazine. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ Broering, Rick (April 3, 2012). "Christon looking forward to Friday". Scout.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ "NEPSAC Class AAA Announces Seasonal Honors". BrewsterAcademy.org. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ Kelley, TJ (July 29, 2010). "16u/17u Super Showcase; 16u Nat. Championship". Scout.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ Phillips, Scott (July 24, 2011). "St. Louis Summer Classic: Day 2". Scout.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ De Courcy, Mike (November 9, 2012). "Depleted Xavier loses Semaj Christon to infection". SportingNews.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ "Xavier Records Impressive 62-47 Win Over Butler". GoXavier.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ " Semaj Christon Bio". GoXavier.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ "Xavier's Christon and Taylor each win multiple Atlantic 10 Conference postseason honors". FoxSports.com. March 12, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ "Xavier's Semaj Christon Earns Freshman All-America Honor". GoXavier.com. April 1, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ Hamilton, Brian (January 21, 2014). "Xavier's Semaj Christon pushes Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott
for Big East player of the year". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ Russell, Shannon (March 9, 2014). " Semaj Christon unanimous Big East first team pick". Cincinnati.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ O'Connell, Jim (March 4, 2014). "Xavier beats Marquette 68-65 to reach semis". Yahoo.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ Broering, Rick (March 18, 2014). "The Matchups: Xavier vs NC State". Scout.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ "N.C. State advances past Xavier, will face Saint Louis". ChicagoTribune.com. Chicago Tribune. March 18, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ a b Russell, Shannon (April 25, 2014). " Semaj Christon hires agent, submits draft paperwork". Cincinnati.com. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved August 4, 2015.  ^ "2014-15 Men's Basketball
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Josh Huestis
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notebook: Semaj Christon uses second chance to lift the Thunder to a sudden death double overtime victory". NewsOK.com. The Oklahoman. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ Mayberry, Darnell (July 6, 2015). "Oklahoma City Thunder: Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career". NewsOK.com. The Oklahoman. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ "SEMAJ CHRISTON è il playmaker VL". VictoriaLibertas.it (in Italian). August 3, 2015. Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ a b "Thunder Signs Semaj Christon". NBA.com. August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.  ^ "Thunder Announces Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.  ^ "Thunder vs. 76ers - Box Score". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.  ^ " Semaj Christon 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.  ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017.  ^ "Thunder Waives Four". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.  ^ "广州队紧急更换外援 前雷霆球员加盟替换弗格" (in Chinese). December 2, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Xavier Musketeers bio

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2014 NBA draft

First round

Andrew Wiggins Jabari Parker Joel Embiid Aaron Gordon Dante Exum Marcus Smart Julius Randle Nik Stauskas Noah Vonleh Elfrid Payton Doug McDermott Dario Šarić Zach LaVine T. J. Warren Adreian Payne Jusuf Nurkić James Young Tyler Ennis Gary Harris Bruno Caboclo Mitch McGary Jordan Adams Rodney Hood Shabazz Napier Clint Capela P. J. Hairston Bogdan Bogdanović C. J. Wilcox Josh Huestis Kyle Anderson

Second round

Damien Inglis K. J. McDaniels Joe Harris Cleanthony Early Jarnell Stokes Johnny O'Bryant III DeAndre Daniels Spencer Dinwiddie Jerami Grant Glenn Robinson III Nikola Jokić Nick Johnson Walter Tavares Markel Brown Dwight Powell Jordan Clarkson Russ Smith Lamar Patterson Cameron Bairstow Alec Brown Thanasis Antetokounmpo Vasilije Micić Alessandro Gentile Nemanja Dangubić Semaj Christon Devyn Marble Louis Labeyrie Jordan McRae Xavier Tha

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