HEAT Sign D-League Star Brian Chase
MIAMI, FL The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed free agent guard Brian Chase. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Chase, who spent the first seven games of the 2006-07 season with the Utah Jazz, started in each of the 32 games in which he appeared for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League and averaged 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.41 steals and 33.2 minutes while shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the foul line. Chase finished the season as the all-time leader in total points for the D-Fenders with 746 and ranks first all-time for three-point field goals made in a single game with eight. Chase also earned All D-League Honorable Mention honors and was selected to play in the 2007 D-League All-Star Game.
Chase spent the 2005-06 season with the Gary Steelheads of the Continental Basketball Association where he led the team to the Eastern Conference Championship after appearing in 48 games and averaged 15.1 points, 4.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 29.9 minutes while shooting 45.4 percent from three-point range and 91.3 percent from the foul line. Chase finished the season leading the CBA in free-throw shooting percentage and third in three-point field goal percentage. Chase then appeared in the final three games for the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA D-League and averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 42.0 minutes. In his only playoff appearance for the Dazzle, Chase scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists. After that stint, Chase led the Nebraska Cranes of the United States Basketball League to the 2006 title after appearing in 23 games (18 starts) and averaged 19.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.65 steals and 37.9 minutes. Chase was named to the All-USBL First Team and finished the season leading the USBL in scoring average and free throw percentage after shooting 92.4 percent from the line.
During the 2004-05 season, Chase appeared in 13 games for the Maryland Nighthawks of the American Basketball Association and averaged 18.4 points and 2.3 assists helping to lead the team to the ABA Quarterfinals.
Chase, a guard out of Virginia Tech University, became the first Hokie freshman in 20 years to record five 20-point scoring games during a single season and finished as the all-time leader in three-point percentage at 40.9 percent and ranked 26th all-time in scoring with 1,115 points after appearing in 103 games (79 starts) and averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 42.0 percent from the floor and 80.0 percent from the line during his four-year colligate career.