J’Covan Brown’s long night ended with good news after all.
The Texas guard was not among the 60 players selected during Thursday’s NBA draft, but he's already lined up his destination to begin his pro career.
Brown has reportedly agreed to play for the Miami Heat's NBA Summer League team next month. According to the Beaumont Enterprise, he'll join the team in Las Vegas on July 8. Miami's first summer game is scheduled for July 15 against Toronto.
A chance to earn a roster spot with the NBA champions is a promising ending to Brown's otherwise disappointing night. He entered the day as a potential late second-round pick, and he ended it as the seventh-best player still available according to ESPN’s Jay Bilas.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound guard earned All-Big 12 honors after scoring a conference-best 20.1 points per game and leading a young Texas squad to a 20-14 record last season.
He opted to enter the draft a year early as a 22-year-old junior in order to better provide for his daughter, Jordyn, and pursue his lifelong dream. Now that pursuit will begin with a free-agent tryout.
Brown going undrafted meant Texas failed to produce an NBA draft pick for only the second time in the past seven years.