By: WCTV Eyewitness Sports
June 27, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Former Florida State guard Braian Angola is preparing for next week's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after signing a deal with the Orlando Magic over the weekend.
The Colombian native posted a career high with 12.5 points per game a season ago. In helping lead the Seminoles to the Elite Eight, Angola shot 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Angola says he's been working in the gym at FSU before hitting the road to Las Vegas to open Summer League play.
"We've been working probably three times a day everyday," he said. "I've been working out two-a-days. I'm very ready for this opportunity and am just very excited."
While this will be his first crack at professional competition, Angola isn't a stranger to playing against top competition. The 6'6", 195 pound guard competed with the Colombian National Team in the Four Nations and 2017 FIBA AmeriCup tournaments, averaging 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.
"I feel like playing for the national team, playing with grown men, shows a lot of stuff. It shows how to mature a little bit more and just knowing that the physical game is going to be different," he explained. "Everything is going to be different at this point. It's kind of like a business and so we have to produce so we can keep playing."
Angola will know at least one familiar face in Las Vegas, as former Seminole Jonathan Isaac is expected to participate after missing significant time last year due to injuries.
The Magic will open Summer League play on July 6 against Brooklyn at 5 p.m., Memphis on July 8 at 9:30 p.m. and Phoenix on July 9 at 9:30 p.m.
The games against Brooklyn and Phoenix can be seen on NBA TV, while the matchup with Memphis will be broadcast on ESPN2.