Dewayne Dedmon’s first ever professional basketball appearance took place on Sunday with the Miami Heat, in their first game of the NBA’s Summer League slate in Orlando, Fla.
In the 69-59 loss to the Utah Jazz, Dedmon failed to score a point for the Heat, missing all of his three field goal attempts in just under 14 minutes of action. As was the case while at USC, Dedmon got in foul trouble quickly, amassing four fouls in his short time on the floor, on his way to grabbing two boards and picking up a steal and an assist.
Dedmon went undrafted in June’s NBA Draft, but signed with the Heat to participate in summer basketball last week. In addition to Dedmon, the summer version of the Heat features college stars Myck Kabongo from Texas, James Ennis from Long Beach State and Larry Drew II out of UCLA by way of North Carolina.
The Heat have four games left in the Orlando portion of the Summer League, before a second phase in Las Vegas next week that includes a full-on tournament. They’ll play Brooklyn at 2:00 p.m. Pacific, this afternoon.
Dedmon isn’t the only Trojan in Orlando, as Eric Wise is part of the Orlando Magic’s summer roster along with lottery pick Victor Oladipo, out of Indiana. The Magic beat the Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, but Wise never saw the floor. Orlando’s next game is this morning at 8:00 a.m. Pacific against Oklahoma City.