Is Ismael Kamagate ready to attend the 'Ettore Messina University'?

Orazio Cauchi
Staff Writer
2023-08-02 07:05

Ismael Kamagate will be tasked to solve at least some of the issues that were on full display last season in Olimpia Milan's frontcourt. His combination of athleticism, verticality, and ability to finish around the rim is extremely intriguing, but will he handle the pressure from playing in an environment like Milan and for coach Ettore Messina?  

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Pretty much every single EuroLeague front office member thought that Milan could have been a Final Four contender. Unfortunately, for the Italian team, things didn't go as planned.

A mix of injuries and poor performances in the first half of the season condemned Milan to not even qualify for the EuroLeague playoffs.

A late-season push, especially after the addition of Shabazz Napier, wasn't enough to save their European season.

Ismael Kamagate

Ismael  Kamagate
Position: C
Age: 22
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 100 kg
Birth place: Paris, France

Milan finished on a high note by winning the Italian league title, but pretty much everyone knew that changes were on the way.

With Kyle Hines turning 37 in September, Milan entered the offseason with a clear target: adding more size and physicality under the basket.

To answer these problems, one of the first names identified by Milan in the market was Ismael Kamagate.

The French center signed a two-year contract with Milan and will have the chance to make his EuroLeague debut after an excellent season in the EuroCup with Paris Basketball.

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