HEAT Sign Wayne Simien

Wayne SimienMIAMI, August 12 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Wayne Simien, their first round selection (29th pick) in the 2005 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last month while competing with the HEAT’s summer league team in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, CA, Simien averaged 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 30.7 minutes in the seven contests. He led the team in field goals made (46), field goals attempted (87), offensive rebounds (23) and minutes played (215) and ranked second in points scored (120), field goal percentage (.529), free throws made (28), free throws attempted (36), defensive rebounds (26), total rebounds (49) and blocks (five). Simien’s four 20-point efforts tied Earl Barron for the team lead. The former Kansas Jayhawk, who recorded a pair of double-doubles, topped the HEAT in scoring three times, in blocks twice and in rebounds and minutes once each.

Simien (6-9, 255-pounds), voted the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as a senior, played four seasons at Kansas. He averaged 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting .558 percent from the field over the course of four seasons. He finished his career at Kansas as the school’s 12th all-time leading scorer with 1,593 points and seventh all-time leading rebounder with 884 boards. He also posted 59 career-double-doubles.

As a senior, Simien led the Big 12 in scoring and rebounding and was the only player in the league to average a double-double. He was also a consensus First Team All-American. As a junior, he led his squad in scoring (17.8 ppg), rebounding (9.3 rpg) and free-throw percentage (.811), and was named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press. As a sophomore, Simien averaged 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in 24.4 minutes.

Simien was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and attended Leavenworth High School. While at Kansas, he majored in sociology. He will wear number 25 for the HEAT.

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