HEAT Sign Darius Rice and Kevin Braswell

MIAMI, October 3 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Darius Rice and guard Kevin Braswell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rice spent the 2004-05 season playing for the Florida Flame of the NBA D-League. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.9 minutes per game. In 42 games, he shot 40.2 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Rice played four seasons at the University of Miami (2000-04), averaging 16.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals over the course of 116 games (113 starts). He finished his career starting more games than anyone in school history and ranks among Miami’s all-time leaders in scoring (fourth, 1,865 points), three-point field goals (second, 260), minutes (third, 3,727), 20-point games (fifth, 35), field goals (sixth, 631) and in games played (10th, 116). He was also only the second player in school history to lead the team in scoring four consecutive years. Rice was named to the All-Big East Second Team his sophomore through seniors years and was a member of the Big East All-Rookie team his freshman year.

Braswell spent the 2004-05 season playing for the Florida Flame of the NBA D-League. He averaged 11.3 points, 5.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.3 minutes per game. In 27 games, he shot 39.8 percent from the field and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Braswell played for Cimberio Novara in the Italian League in 2003-04, averaging 17.3 points in 32 games. He finished the 2002-03 season in Poland with Komfort Kronoplus, averaging 18.6 points in 16 games. He started his professional career in Belgium with Tournai-Estaimpuis, averaging 16.9 points and 2.8 assists in ten games.

Braswell played four seasons at Georgetown (1998-2002), averaging 14.4 points, 5.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals over the course of 128 games (128 starts). He is currently the school’s eighth leading scorer (1,735 points) and his 695 assists and 349 steals ranks first in school history. He was named Third Team All-Big East as a senior and Second Team as a junior, and was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team as a freshman.