The Miami Heat have the No. 13 pick in next month’s NBA Draft, and according to a new report, they’re looking hard at Kentucky’s three draft prospects.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson is reporting that the Heat have scheduled a private workout with PJ Washington and plan to bring in Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson as well.
“The Heat’s interest in Kentucky prospects is not surprising,” Jackson writes. “Heat president Pat Riley attended school there and keeps a close eye on the Wildcats program. Coach John Calipari often produces NBA-ready prospects. And the Heat’s most recent first-round pick, Bam Adebayo, played at Kentucky.”
Back in 2017, Riley made it his mission to draft Adebayo with Miami’s No. 14 pick, in part because Bam’s a beast, but also because he admires what Calipari’s doing at Kentucky.
“I’m a big fan of what John [Calipari] does from a coaching standpoint at Kentucky. He comes from a great system,” Riley said. “What [Calipari] said to me was, [Bam] was a great teammate, a wonderful teammate to have. When we talked to him, he had a level of maturity about him, a quietness about him that we really liked.”
Calipari brings up his conversations with Riley a lot as proof Kentucky best prepares players for the league.
“Pat Riley gave me one of the greatest compliments about what we do,” Cal said at a coaching clinic earlier this month. “He said, ‘Your players are some of the best teammates in the NBA.'”
"Pat Riley gave me one of the greatest compliments about what we do. He said, 'Your players are some of the best teammates in the NBA.'"Coach Cal's vision for UK's culture starts in recruiting. You can watch his full discussion on building and sustaining a culture of excellence at www.CoachCal.com.
Posted by CoachCal.com on Monday, May 13, 2019
Will another former Cat join Bam in Miami? If Riley has his way, it sounds like it.