The Miami Heat has signed undrafted free agent Corey Hawkins, the former UC Davis star and 2014-2015 Big West Conference Player of the Year.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-2 guard who played for the Kings’ summer league team, reportedly signed a non-guaranteed contract for $525,093. The agreement will allow the Heat to potentially add Hawkins to its NBA Development League affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The son of former NBA player Hersey Hawkins is the first UC Davis player to make an NBA training camp roster, though he’s considered a long shot to make a team that is deep in guards.
Hawkins, the two-time Big West Conference scoring champion, helped spark the biggest turnaround in Division I college basketball last season by leading the Aggies to a 25-7 record, their first Big West regular-season championship and their inaugural Division I postseason appearance, in the National Invitation Tournament.
Hawkins averaged 20.9 points, seventh in the nation, and led the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage at .488 percent.
Hawkins, who played his freshman season at Arizona State, is UC Davis’ No. 2 scorer with 1,694 points, the most by a three-year player in the program’s 105 years.