After a quiet draft night with no picks, the Heat used Friday to add some new players to their summer league roster.
Miami didn’t announce any signings, but five undrafted players have been linked to the Heat as of Friday evening. Here’s what you need to know about each one …
Nathan Boothe, Toledo: As reported by Sheridan Hoops, Boothe will be part of the Heat’s summer league team. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound center averaged 19.3 points on 49.6 percent shooting to go with nine rebounds last season. Even at his size, he can shoot from long range. Boothe made 37.5 percent of his 3-point shot attempts (33 for 88) as a senior. On the defensive end, he averaged 1.22 blocks over his college career.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina: As reported by Noticia al Dia and the Miami Herald, Carrera has agreed to play on the Heat’s summer league teams in Orlando and Las Vegas. Carrera led the Gamecocks in in scoring (14.5 avg.), rebounding (7.7 avg.) and blocks (33) last season. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Carrera is known as a strong defender. Another aspect of Carrera’s game working in his favor is his improved 3-point stroke. The 23-year-old forward made 51 3-pointers at an impressive 40.5 percent clip last season.
Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii: The 2016 Big West Conference Player of the Year will be part of the Heat’s summer league team, according to KHON2 in Hawaii. Jankovic, a 6-foot-11 forward, averaged 15.6 points on 54 percent shooting and 39 percent shooting from 3-point range to go with 6.6 rebounds last season. Jankovic is from Serbia.
Damion Lee, Louisville: The U of L announced that Lee has agreed to play on the Heat’s summer league team. Lee spent one season at Louisville as a graduate transfer after spending the first part of his college career at Drexel. Although he still has to work on his 3-point shot, the 6-foot-6 guard is a natural scorer. He led Louisville in scoring (15.9 points per game) last season and was the nation’s fourth-leading scorer as a junior at Drexel (21.4 points per game) in the 2014-15 season.
Chris Obekpa, UNLV: The 6-foot-10 forward/center will play on the Heat’s summer league team. Obekpa is from Nigeria and spent the first three seasons of his college career at St. John’s before transferring to UNLV for his senior season. But after sitting out this past season due to NCAA transfer rules, he decided to turn pro. As a freshman at St. John’s, he averaged 3.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and four blocks. In his final season at St. John’s, he averaged 5.8 points, seven rebounds and 3.1 blocks.