Beaufort County's "Bam" Adebayo headed to Miami Heat

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have selected Kentucky's Bam Adebayo with the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft.

Adebayo played his junior year of high school basketball at Northside in PInetown where he averaged 32.2 points and 18 rebounds a game. He shot 60 percent in his lone college season, averaging 13.0 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-10, 243-pounder was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school, then was an All-SEC second-team pick this past season.

Miami took Adebayo with the No. 14 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, adding someone who got to the rim with ease in his lone college season at Kentucky. Adebayo made 170 shots from the field for the Wildcats, 101 of those being dunks.

“I’m ready to get started,” Adebayo said. “I’m ready to get in that Heat jersey.”

Adebayo was one of 11 one-and-done college players taken in the 14 lottery spots in this year’s draft, along with two sophomores and one international player.

“Probably the best athlete, hungry, humble and healthy,” said Riley, the Heat president. “Very strong, great workouts with us, great interview. Saw him a number of times. Just off the charts from an athletic standpoint. ... When he was on the board at 14, we felt just compelled to take him.”

Adebayo is in line to become the 10th Kentucky player to appear in a game for the Heat. No other college has seen more of its players get onto the floor with Miami; Duke and Syracuse each have eight.

The nickname Bam — his given name is Edrice — came from when he watched the Flintstones as a child and somehow managed to turn over a coffee table.

The Heat went 41-41 last season, missing the playoffs despite winning 30 of their final 41 games.