SIXERS DRAFT JOJO’S BACKUP — ADEM BONA OF UCLA!

By Mark Donovan

The Sixers selected Adem Bona, a Nigerian big man who averaged 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in his sophomore season at UCLA, at No. 41 overall.

Bona is not a stretch five; he attempted no three-pointers and made 69.6 percent of his free throws last season.

He’s slightly shorter than the average NBA center — 6-8.25 without shoes at the NBA draft combine — but has a wingspan of nearly 7-4 and is a muscular 243 pounds.

The 21-year-old drew widespread praise from draft experts for his end-to-end hustle and defensive tools. Fouls were a problem for a Bona, but he averaged 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals and flew all around the floor defensively.

On Day 1 of the draft, the Sixers selected Duke guard Jared McCain at No. 16.

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