“The relationship and communication have changed between them and my parents, my handler, and me,” Essandoko tells On3. “I was supposed to enroll early In January, but it didn’t happen, so I think it was the best choice for me as a student-athlete.”
Essandoko chose the Friars over a final group that included Maryland, Georgetown, Illinois, NC State, Seton Hall, and Oral Roberts. This time around, Essandoko understands he needs to choose a place with the right fit.
“I want to go to a place where I have a good relationship with the coaching staff,” Essandoko said. “Find a program that has everything I need to develop and take my game to the next level.”
Coach’s take on Essandoko
Antonio Lowe was Essandoko’s head coach at Winston-Salem Christian.
“Christ is a 7-foot, skilled big. He has unlimited and next-level potential,” Lowe said. “He can score around the basket and is good in a pick and pop role.”
Christ played for Sim Frazier and Team Curry on the UAA Circuit.
“Christ is one of the most skilled big guys I have coached. His passing ability and touch, coupled with his size, makes him really special,” Frazier said.
The first thing you notice about Christ Essandoko is his size. At 7-feet and 250-pounds, he is a hulking presence over most on the floor. Watching him play, you see the skill. The native of France has good hands, soft touch with three-point range, and excellent vision out of the post. He will need to stay on top of his conditioning and continue to get reps to get accustomed to the game’s speed. However, with the size and the skill, you can easily see the upside in the former roommate of Victor Wembanyama.