Eric Mika invited to Miami Heat's summer camp after going undrafted

PROVO — Erik Mika’s has been invited to join the Miami Heat’s summer league camp in hopes of earning a spot and a contract as he pursues a professional career, BYU said Friday. The former Cougar was not selected during Thursday’s draft.

Only one year removed from his two-year LDS missionary service in Italy, Mika exceeded expectations as a sophomore and opted to forgo his final two years of eligibility with the Cougars basketball team. A big factor in his decision was working to develop as a power forward, rather than the back-to-the-basket center-type position he excelled at in college.

Mika averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 34 games as this season. He often was at his best playing against prime competition — most notably during BYU’s win over then-ranked No. 1 Gonzaga. The 6-foot-9 forward put up 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the ‘Zags, going up against Zach Collins, the No. 10 pick in Thursday’s draft, and Przemek Karnowski.

Mika’s age, 22, may have contributed to him turning pro earlier than anticipated.

Summer League play for the Heat takes place in Orlando with games beginning on July 1.

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