Heat fans didn’t have to be held in suspense for too long wondering who was going to fill out the final two spots of the 15-man roster.
While Chris Andersen worked out today at the American Airlines Arena, league sources indicate that the Miami Heat are close to signing shot-blocking stalwart Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract.
Varnado, a 6’9″ power forward, is a familiar name in the Miami community. He was selected by the Heat with the 41st pick of the 2010 NBA draft, but never saw any sort of playing time. Since being drafted, he has played overseas with two separate stints in Italy and one in Israel. The past few months, however, have been a blessed one for Varnado as he has finally made his way to playing professional basketball in the United States.
He earned his first ever workout with the Heat going into the 2012-’13 season, but was waived due to an injury keeping him out of the running for one of the team’s final two roster spots. He would play with the Sioux Falls SkyForce, where he would average 14 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per in eight games, before earning a contract with the Boston Celtics.
He would be featured in five games and was mostly subjected to garbage-time minutes. He recorded six points, three rebounds and an assist before he would be waived not even two weeks after being signed. Four of the six points he scored came in less than a minute against Sacramento when he made his two field-goal attempts. They would be the only field-goals he’d make in his stint.
Varnado was selected by the Heat as a result of the records he set in his time with Mississippi State. Known for his incredible length, Varnado became the all-time leader in blocked shots in Division I history after racking up 564 blocks in 141 games. He is also one of only two college players, the other being David Robinson, to record 1000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 500 blocks in a collegiate career.
He averaged 13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per in his senior season with the Bulldogs.
Jarvis recorded at least two blocks in every D-League game he played in, recording as many as eight in 35 minutes. Perhaps even more impressive was the 11 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks he had the game before that, needing only 25 minutes to do so. He finished his D-League stint off with an 18-point, 12-rebound, and 6-block outing.