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Stefan Jankovic officially signed by Miami Heat

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Stefan Jankovic will get his chance to shine on the NBA stage with the Miami Heat this season.

Miami Heat announced on their web site they have inked Stefan Jankovic to a deal.

As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The team's press release states:

"Jankovic, a 6’11", 234-pound forward, is currently playing on Miami’s Summer League team in Las Vegas where he has appeared in two games, both HEAT wins, totaling eight points, three assists and two rebounds in 26:44 minutes of action. Prior to that he competed in the Orlando Pro Summer League with Miami appearing in three games, helping the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 record in those contests, averaging 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 13.5 minutes while shooting 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the field, 40 percent (2-of-5) from three-point range and 80 percent (4-of-5) from the foul line."

"Jankovic played two seasons at the University of Hawai'i after beginning his collegiate career at the University of Missouri. During the 2015-16 season as a junior at Hawai’i, he was named the Big West Player of the Year after averaging 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.21 blocks, 1.2 assists and 24.7 minutes in 33 games (all starts) while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 77.2 percent from the foul line. He helped the Rainbow Warriors capture the Big West Tournament Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to being selected to the All-Big West First Team and to the Big West All-Tournament Team, he led Hawai’i in points, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage for the season and topped the Big West Conference in free throws made and attempted."


Per DraftExpress, "Jankovic stands out due to his rare combination of size, skills and smarts at the small forward position, standing 6-9, with terrific ball-handling ability. He is a fluid athlete with good mobility and the ability to play above the rim, and does an excellent job creating his own shot from the perimeter with either hand and getting to the basket with a nice first step and a terrific crossover."


Born on August 4, 1993 in Serbia, he shares a common heritage with Goran Dragic. Although Jankovic moved to Canada at 4 years old, he considers himself a Serbian. Raised in Canada, he played with fellow countryman Andrew Wiggins during tournaments. Later he transferred to Kiski School in Pennsylvania, where he recorded a rare quadruple-double of 18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks in a game during his high school days.

Currently he is the second youngest member on the Heat roster and the only one from the 2016 NBA draft class.

h/t press release