Former Kentucky Wildcat basketball player Josh Harrellson is hoping to play for the Miami Heat during the upcoming NBA season.
The ex-New York Knick, who was a brief member of the Houston Rockets this summer, tweeted that he is “heading to Miami for hopefully the next 9 months.” Nothing is guaranteed for sure but it is a good sign that Jorts will be playing for the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 season.
According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Heat do not open their training camp until September 29, 2012. The Miami Heat start Chris Bosh, a power forward, at center. On their bench, at the moment, is Joel Anthony, a former starting center, and “seldom-used” Dexter Pittman. Whether this is to Harrellson’s advantage remains to be determined. Another center in the mix appears to be Mickell Gladness, formerly of the Golden State Warriors.
It is Heat president (and Kentucky alumnus) Pat Riley’s preference to have a training camp roster set in stone by the end of the Labor Day weekend but that does not appear to be what will happen.
In his first NBA season, the 45th overall draft pick played an average of 14.6 minutes per game and scored 4.4 points per game while picking up an average of 3.9 rebounds per game. In addition, the ex-Cat shot 20 of 59 from beyond the arc.
The St. Charles, Mo. native played at Kentucky for 3 seasons after transferring from SW Illinois College following his first year. He chose Kentucky over Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Ohio State, Purdue, and St. Louis. In the game against Louisville on New Year’s Eve in 2010, Josh Harrellson broke out and scored 23 points and 14 rebounds.