GLAVINE DAY | SPORTS EDITOR
APSU alumnus and former basketball player Chris Horton made the Miami Heat’s summer league roster after an unsuccessful draft attempt.
According to Bleacher Report, the NBA is leaning toward the trend of players being better off not getting drafted. It’s better to go undrafted and be able to be looked at by several teams, rather than be stuck with one.
In March, College Court Report said, “While he isn’t the biggest center in the NCAA, Horton is a big body to move in the paint. He is a force on both ends of the floor in terms of rebounds, and can finish around the basket for easy points on second-chance opportunities. His presence inside opens things up for the guards on the outside, creating a ‘pick your poison’ type scenario for their opponents on a nightly basis.”
Since Horton last took the court against the University of Kansas in March, Horton said he’s been lifting, shooting and playing in situations that he will be in during games.
“I’m excited to show what I can do,” Horton said. “APSU has prepared me by me being able to get better every day and learning things I need to work on.”
Horton’s first game will be Saturday, July 2, in Orlando against the LA Clippers. The team will play five games from July 2-8.
The Heat will also be playing against New York on Sunday, July 3, Orlando Blue on Tuesday, July 5 and against Detroit on Thursday, July 7. The championship game will be held on Friday, July 8.
The Heat’s next stop is the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada for tournament-style games. The Heat’s first game is Saturday, July 9, and can play at least five more. The tournament ends on July 18 when the champion will be announced.
There, Horton and the Heat will face Dallas on Saturday, July 9, Denver on Monday, July 11, and Phoenix on Tuesday, July 12. After that will begin seeding play for double-elimination.