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HEAT Acquire Draft Rights to Albert Miralles & Select Matt Freije in Second Round of 2004 NBA Draft

Jul 8 2004 11:15AM
MIAMI, June 24 - The Miami HEAT announced today they have acquired the draft rights to Albert Miralles, the 39th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for the draft rights of Pape Sow (47th pick in this year's draft) and the HEAT's 2005 second round pick. The club also selected forward Matt Freije (Frig-jee) with the 53rd pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Miralles, a 6-10 center, spent the 2003-04 season in Italy playing for Roseto Basket Town (Serie A). In 32 games for the club, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.7 rebounds.

Miralles made his debut with Joventut Badalona "B", in the EBA League, during the 1999-00 season. During the 2000-01 season, he played with Joventut Badalona, and then signed with Drac Inca, in the LEB League. Following the conclusion of the LEB season, he returned to Joventut Badalona. Miralles signed with Club Ourense Baloncesto in the LEB League for the 2001-02 season, and then moved to Italy for the 2002-03 season, playing with Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna.

Miralles has been a member of the Spanish Junior National Team, as well as a member of the Spanish Under-20 National Team. He won the silver medal at the 2002 European Under-20 Championship.

Freije (6-10, 249-pounds), averaged 15.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in four seasons at Vanderbilt University. He earned Third Team All-American honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was a finalist for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award and the John R. Wooden Award. He completed his career as Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer with 1,891 points, also ranking second in free throws made (446), third in blocked shots (72) and sixth in three-point field goals made (183).

As a senior, Freije averaged a team-high 18.4 points (ranking first in the SEC) and 5.4 rebounds. He was also named First Team All-SEC by Associated Press and the league's coaches. During his junior season, he averaged 17.9 points and 4.4 rebounds, earning him Second Team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches. As a sophomore, he averaged 15.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. He earned SEC Player of the Week honors and was named Third Team All-SEC by the league's coaches. Freije led his team in three-point field goal percentage (.390) and blocked shots (28) as a freshman and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team