TCU’s RJ Nembhard to join Miami Heat after being passed over in NBA Draft

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TCU basketball has another player in the NBA.

Guard RJ Nembhard did not hear his name called during Thursday’s NBA Draft, but he reached an undrafted free-agent deal with the Miami Heat shortly afterward.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced the signing early Friday night.

Nembhard joined TCU as a four-star prospect following a stellar high school career at Keller. He redshirted his first season in 2017-18, playing in only six games, before seeing an expanded role during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Nembhard emerged as the team leader last season.

He led TCU in scoring with 15.7 points a game to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 24 games, all starts. The 15.7 points per game ranked fifth in the Big 12.

Nembhard averaged 12.1 points a game during his sophomore season in 2019-20.

Nembhard is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Ruben, who had a brief stint in the NBA. Ruben Nembhard played a total of 10 games with the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers during the 1996-97 season.

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