The Delaware Blue Coats today announced that Prosper Karangwa has been named the team’s general manager. Karangwa retains the role of Vice President, Player Personnel for the Philadelphia 76ers while expanding his duties to lead Blue Coats basketball operations.
“Prosper is a well-respected executive with a special eye for talent, which he’s displayed over the last decade working in the NBA,” Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey said. “We’re very excited to have Prosper leading our development efforts with the Blue Coats and know he’s eager to grow the program to new heights.”
Prior to joining the 76ers front office in October 2020, Karangwa most recently served as Director of Scouting with the Orlando Magic, where he worked since 2012. Karangwa played a key role in Orlando’s draft preparation, in addition to talent evaluation, information-gathering and process improvement.
“The Blue Coats are a major part of the organizational development system, and I’m honored to take on this role in the program,” Karangwa said. “We are fortunate to have the leadership of both Jameer Nelson and Coby Karl in Delaware and I’m looking forward to working closely with them to grow our players and play exciting basketball at Chase Fieldhouse.”
Karangwa played collegiately at Siena College and represented Canada in the 2002 FIBA World Cup and 2003 FIBA Americas. He enjoyed an eight-year playing career overseas, which included stops in France, Germany and Austria. Prior to joining the Magic, Karangwa ran a scouting service providing information on American players for European teams. Of Rwandan origin, Karangwa participated in Basketball Without Borders in 2013 (South Africa) and 2016 (Angola), while also playing a part in the NBA Africa Game in 2017 (South Africa) and 2018 (South Africa).
The Blue Coats also announced the addition of God Shammgod, Jr. as an assistant coach. Shammgod, Jr. most recently spent two seasons as an assistant coach on the IUP men’s basketball staff. He helped guide the Crimson Hawks to a 28-2 record in 2019-20 including PSAC West regular season and PSAC tournament titles – enough to secure the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Atlantic Region Championship.
Shammgod, Jr. was a four-year starter at Fairmont State and guided the Falcons to a 102-29 record, three NCAA tournament appearances, and a berth in the 2017 Division II National Championship over the course of his career. He tallied 569 assists and 237 steals, both Falcons all-time records. Upon graduation, Shammgod, Jr. joined the coaching staff at Fairmont State for the 2018-19 season.
The Blue Coats are set to open the 2021-22 NBA G League season at home on Nov. 6 against the Long Island Nets at 7:00 p.m. at Chase Fieldhouse. Fans can reserve their tickets today by emailing [email protected] or visiting SIXERS.COM/BlueCoats. Team merchandise is available at Al’s Sporting Goods in Wilmington and at www.alssportinggoods.net.