July 15, 2014
By Stephen Trembley
LAS VEGAS --- Through the first seven games of the Miami Heat's Summer League, Fresno State product Tyler Johnson has been shining on the court as he makes a strong case to be offered a professional contract.
Johnson, who finished his Bulldogs' career this past season ranked No. 16 on the school's all-time scoring list and helped lead Fresno State to the finals of the College Basketball Invitational, has averaged 11.4 points and 2.7 rebounds over the course of 19.7 minutes per game.
More than pure stats, Johnson has showed the same highlight reel ability that he did at Fresno State - earning ESPN Sportscenter's Top of the Day for a one-handed alley-oop dunk and NBA.com's Block of the Night already during summer league play. He has also demonstrated his keen attention to detail, relentless work ethic and tough defensive presence.
Johnson's best complete game so far while playing for the Heat's summer league team when he posted 17 points, four rebounds (including three offensive boards), two steals and an assist in Miami's loss to Oklahoma City. He has reached double figures four times, including a 14-point performance on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting effort in just 13 minutes of playing time as the Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets 110-91.
Next up for Johnson is a game today when Miami plays Washington at 3:30 p.m.
The Heat played in both the Orlando (July 5-11) and Las Vegas (11-21) sites for the 2014 NBA Summer League.
To stay updated on Johnson's progress in the NBA Summer League, be sure to follow @FresnoStateMBB on Twitter, watch NBA TV and check out his player profile at NBA.com.
"Be Bold." --- The official flagship radio stations for Fresno State Athletics are 940 AM ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM.
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