From Missouri State Athletic Office.
Missouri State University’s Blake Ahearn is headed to the NBA. Ahearn, a former two-time Missouri State Player of the Year and two-time Missouri Valley Conference all-league first team selection heads from his current assignment in the NBA Development League in Bismarck, N.D., to Miami, Fla., to join the NBA’s Miami Heat.
Ahearn will fly to Miami Friday to sign a 10-day contract with the Heat and be in uniform Friday night for the Heat’s home game against the Washington Wizards.
Miami is scheduled for seven games in the 10-day period that would be covered by Ahearn’s initial contract and Ahearn expects to see plenty of playing time with a depleted Miami bench.
The 2007 Missouri State graduate from St. Louis, Mo., found himself on the radar of several NBA teams after an eye-popping six weeks, where in his 15 games as a starter for the D League Dakota Wizards, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder averaged 29.1 points a game to raise his Dakota season scoring average from 13.1 to 19.1 points a game. He had six games with 30 or more points with a top game of 45 points in those 15 outings. Ahearn also averaged 5.7 assists a game over 15 games after moving to the Wizards’ point guard spot.