Welcome back to our offseason long countdown of Miami's all-time roster. Today, get reacquainted with Jarvis Varnado, Morlon Wiley, Blake Ahearn, Gary Alexander, and Milos Babic.
Jarvis Varnado is a 6'9" power forward from Fairfax, VA. Born on March 1st, 1988, he played a full four seasons of collegiate ball with Mississippi State University, averaging 10 points and eight rebounds per game. He was a three time winner of the SEC's defensive player of the year award, and graduated as Division I's all-time leading shot blocker, with 564. Miami made him a second round pick in the 2010 draft, with the 41st overall pick.
Instead of joining the Heat
, Varnado elected instead to sign on with an Italian league, later also appearing in Israel. After two seasons abroad, he signed a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics
in training camp. He played 18 minutes over five games with Boston. Waived by the Celtics, the Heat signed him to the first of two ten day contracts on Christmas, 2012. He would eventually sign on for the balance of the season, and shared in the latest of Miami's now-three NBA Championships.
In 40 minutes over eight games with Miami, Varnado scored two points with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. He also turned the ball over five times and registered nine personal fouls, all contributing to a PER below zero. He is presently a member of the NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce.
All-Time Statline: One season, eight games, 5.0 minutes, 0.3 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, -4.1 PER, -0.1 win shares.
178. Morlon Wiley
Morlon Wiley was born on September 24th, 1966. The 6'4" point guard hails from New Orleans, LA, and played his prep ball in California, at Long Beach Polytechnic. He attended college at California State University, at Long Beach, playing for four seasons. In his final campaign, he averaged 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game, graduating with the Class of 1988.
The Dallas Mavericks
selected Wiley in the second round of the 1988 draft, with the 46th overall pick. He played 51 games in his first stint with the Mavs, later joining the Orlando Magic
(83 games), the San Antonio Spurs
(three games), and the Atlanta Hawks
(66 games) before rejoining Dallas for 33 games near the end of the 1992-93 season.
Dallas waived Wiley soon after the start of the 1993-94 season. The Heat signed him as a free agent on March 9th to a 10-day contract. For Miami, Wiley totaled seven points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals over four games. Most of his positive contribution to the Heat came on March 19th, when he hit his only field goal attempt (a three-pointer) with a rebound, a steal, and five assists in only seven minutes against his former and future teammates in 115-98 Heat victory over Dallas.
Wiley played 50 more games for the Mavericks over the next two seasons, finishing out his NBA career with the Hawks for five games in 1994-95.
All-Time Statline: One season, four games, 8.5 minutes, 1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks, 4.2 PER, -0.1 win shares.
Blake Ahearn, a 6'2" point guard from St. Louis, Missouri, was a four year starter in Southwest Missouri State. Born on May 27th, 1984, he made his professional debut with the 2007-08 Dakota Wizards, in the NBA D-League. Miami signed him to the first of two 10-day contracts on March 20th, eventually inking with the team through the balance of the season.
Ahearn scored 70 points over 12 games with the Heat, hitting 15-of-57 shots from the field. He would rank first on Miami's all-time leaderboard for free throw percentage with more attempts, making 30 of his 31 tries (96.8%). In an 85-69 loss to the Detroit Pistons on March 27th, he scored a career high 15 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Ahearn later went on to appear in three game with the San Antonio Spurs the next season, making his final NBA appearance to date with the 2011-12 Utah Jazz (four games). He has spent the balance of his career all across the NBA D-League with five different teams, averaging 20 points and five assists through 186 games. He is at this time the D-League's all-time leader in scoring, also holding the record for consecutive free throws made, with 110. He currently plays with the Dongguan Leopards in the Chinese Basketball Association.
All-Time Statline: One season, 12 games, 14.8 minutes, 5.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks, 9.0 PER, 0.0 win shares.
176. Gary Alexander
Gary Alexander was a 6'7" power forward from Jacksonville, FL. Born on November 1st, 1969, he played college hoops for the South Florida Bulls, graduating after the 1991-92 season. Undrafted, he spent the 1992-93 season between Israel and Venezuala.
Alexander would get his shot at the NBA with Miami, signing on with the team on October 7th, 1993. He didn't make much of his opportunity, going one-for-two from the field and missing both his free throw attempts in 12 minutes over four games spent mostly on the bench. After getting waived in December, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave him a look in March, signing him through the rest of the season (seven games).
That would be Alexander's last NBA appearance, and he would go on to play in France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Poland, last in 2005-06.
All-Time Statline: One season, four games, 3.0 minutes, 0.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 0.8 PER, 0.0 win shares.
175. Miloš Babić
Miloš Babić was a 7' tall center from Kraljevo, Serbia. Born on November 23rd, 1968, he attended college at Tennessee Tech, and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1990 draft, with the 50th overall pick, then immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Babić played in 12 games for the Cavs that season, getting waived in August during the 1991 offseason. That's where Miami picked him up, signing him as a free agent during the 1991-92 training camp. For Miami, Babić played 35 minutes over nine games, hitting six-of-13 shots for 18 points with 11 rebounds and six assists. Despite this pretty good line, it would be his last appearance in North American pro basketball.
Babić later appeared in leagues in Argentina, Greece, Serbia/Montenegro, Slovakia, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Belgium, and Portugal, last in 2002.
All-time Statline: One season, nine games, 3.9 minutes, 2.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.0 blocks, 18.3 PER, 0.0 win shares.