Cristiano Felicio Rumors

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Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
Position: F
Born: 07/07/92
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $874,636
So, what’s the ceiling for the 24-year-old Brazilian? I asked Fred Hoiberg after practice on Wednesday. “I think the sky’s the limit for Cris. He’s a guy that, just the way he moves his feet for a guy that size, allows us to change our ball-screen coverages,” Hoiberg said. “He’s getting more comfortable on the offensive end, I think he’s built nice chemistry with Dwyane and Rajon in that second group, picking and choosing his times to roll to the rim and also finding guys on the perimeter. He’s also built a nice chemistry with Doug (McDermott) as well, trying to find him with screens coming down in transition. The big thing is, you can see he’s getting more comfortable every time he’s out there. He’s a big part of this team.”
Basketball was an afterthought at first, but he grew to love the sport. He didn’t have cable at home, but he was able to catch the occasional NBA game at friends’ houses. He was particularly drawn to Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic teams of the late 2000s and the renewed Lakers-Celtics rivalry. “I was into handball,” he says. “Basketball for me was a second sport. But I started learning about the game and right away I stopped playing handball because basketball took over.”
Felicio’s time at CCSE was shrouded in controversy. The program was essentially a pop-up prep basketball academy that outsources the actual education, and was seemingly designed to con some kids, and their parents, into forking over tens of thousands of dollars for the promise of earning Division I scholarship. “The only thing legitimate about CCSE was the players,” says Dave Garcia, an assistant coach at the school during part of Felicio’s year there. The school’s president, Francis Ngissah, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014 to charges of physically abusing some of the players in the program.