Miami Heat Player Countdown: #174-170

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Thanks for checking back with our offseason long countdown of every every every Heat player ever. Today, we'll retouch on the NBA life and times of Jerome Beasley, Winston Bennett, Matt Fish, Todd Fuller, and Mickell Gladness.

174. Jerome Beasley

Jerome Beasley was a 6'10" power forward from Compton, CA. Born on May 17th, 1980, he attended Midland Community College for two seasons after completing high school at Moreno Valley. He transferred to North Dakota State for two seasons beginning with 2001-02, and averaged 24 points and eight rebounds over 30 minutes per game. Miami picked him up in the second round of the 2003 draft, with the 34th overall pick. He signed to the tune of two-years/$986,977.

Beasley made his debut on October 29th, scoring two points on one-of-two shooting, playing in three minutes of a 98-75 loss to the Boston Celtics. He made his second appearance on November 16th, going 0-for-one from the field with a rebound in two minutes as the Heat dropped a 99-77 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers. To date, it has been his last appearance in an NBA contest.

Beasley has since played in the NBA D-League, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Australia, Venezuala, Dominican Republic, Israel, the Netherlands, and in Cyprus. He has made headlines by testing positive for THC (2009) and by getting arrested for falling behind on his child support payments (2010).

All-Time Statline: One season, two games, 2.5 minutes, 1.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 5.9 PER, 0.0 win shares.

173. Winston Bennett


Winston Bennett was a 6'7" small forward from Louisville, KY. Born February 9th, 1965, he was Mr. Basketball for the state of Kentucky in 1983. He then joined the Wildcats at the University of Kentucky, averaging 28 minutes per game over his four seasons with 11 points, six rebounds, and an assist per contest. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the third round of the 1988 draft, 64th overall.
Bennett averaged 16 minutes per game over parts of three seasons with the Cavs, scoring five points with three boards and an assist during his time there. He was waived near the end of the 1991-92 season. Miami signed him to a 10-day contract on April 10th. He played one minute that night, sinking his only field goal and grabbing one rebound in a 108-93 Heat win over the Washington Bullets. Six days later, he made his second and final appearance with Miami, and his final overall NBA performance, again playing one minute. This time, he missed his only shot as Miami lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 95-87.
Later on, Bennett went into coaching, serving as Rick Pitino's assistant both at the University of Kentucky and with the Boston Celtics. He later became the head coach of Kentucky State, eventually serving in the same capacity with the NAIA's Mid-Continent University.


All-Time Statline: One season, two games, 1.0 minutes, 1.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 29.9 PER, 0.0 win shares.

172. Matt Fish


Matt Fish was a 6'11" center from Washington, IA. He was born on November 18th, 1969, and played his college ball with at UNC-Wilmington, averaging 11 points, seven rebounds and an assist in four seasons, graduating with the Class of 1992. The Golden State Warriors selected him in the second round of that year's draft, with the 50th overall pick. He was waived before the start of training camp, signed by the Portland Trail Blazers, then again cut before the season started. He joined the USBL's Philadelphia Spirit soon thereafter, also making appearances with several CBA franchises and one pro team in France over the next two seasons before another NBA team called his number, the Los Angeles Clippers signed him for the league minimum prior to the 1994-95 season.

Fish appeared in 28 games for the Clippers, later also seeing game time with the New York Knicks (two games), the Denver Nuggets (16 games), and the Washington Bullets (five games). Miami picked him up on February 24th, 1997 to the first of two 10-day contracts, later signing him for the remainder of the season. His only game appearance came on March 16th, in a 101-80 Heat win over the Houston Rockets, in which Fish played one minute and did not register a shot of any type. Miami traded him after the season with Gary Grant and a conditional second round pick (not exercised) to the Sacramento Kings for Duane Causwell.

Fish later played in Argentina and Poland, as well as several teams in the IBL and in the ABA. He last appeared with Belgrado de San Nicolás in the Argentinian league in 2001-02.

All-Time Statline: One season, one game, 1.0 minutes, 0.0 points, 0.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 PER, 0.0 win shares.

171. Todd Fuller


Todd Fuller was a 6'11" center from Fayetteville, NC. Born July 25th, 1974, the left-hander played for four seasons with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, averaging 14 points, eight rebounds, and an assist per game. After graduating with the Class of 1996 (as summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Applied Mathematics) the Golden State Warriors made him their first round draft pick, with the 11th selection overall.

Fuller averaged four points and three boards per game in 132 contests with the club, and starting 19 of them. He spent 1998-99 with the Utah Jazz (42 games) and 1999-00 with the Charlotte Hornets (41 games). Just before the 2000-01 season, he signed a one year/$611,000 contract to play with Miami.

Fuller appeared in 10 Heat games, shooting 28.6% from the field and grabbing just under two boards per game in 7.7 minutes per appearance. By far, his best game with the hometowners was on opening day, November 1st. He scored 12 points, going three-of-four from the field and making all six of his free throw attempts with a block and a steal in a 105-79 win over the Orlando Magic. On November 22nd, he played a season high 18 minutes with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist in an 86-67 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fuller later played professionally in Spain, Greece, Poland, and Australia. He currently is a high school math teacher in North Carolina.

All-Time Statline: One season, 10 games, 7.7 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 9.3 PER, 0.0 win shares.

170. Mickell Gladness


Mickell Gladness is a 6'11" power forward from Birmingham, AL. Born on July 26th, 1986, he spent three seasons with Alabama A&M. Undrafted, he signed on with the Miami Heat on December 10th, 2011 for $248,263, just before the start of the lockout shortened 2011-12 campaign.

Gladness played in eight games for the Heat, scoring two points on one-of-three shooting with 11 rebounds and eight personal fouls in just 38 minutes. He was waived in February, then subsequently picked up by the Golden State Warriors, where he found slightly more success. He played 18 games with the Warriors, averaging three points, three rebounds and a block per game.

Gladness has also played professionally in the Netherlands, and is currently rostered with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League.

All-Time Statline: One season, eight games, 3.5 minutes, 0.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 1.8 PER, 0.0 win shares.


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