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UNLV’s Marshall signs with Heat, will play for their summer league team in Las Vegas

Cheyenne product Johnson signed by Clippers, Findlay Prep’s Kabongo also picked up by Miami

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UNLV guard Anthony Marshall yells as time out is called during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game against Air Force Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack. UNLV won 72-56 and will face the winner of the Fresno State vs. Colorado State on Friday.

UNLV Runnin' Rebel Anthony Marshall

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall drives to the basket against New Mexico during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 80-63. Launch slideshow »

Anthony Marshall’s road to making an NBA roster will need to resemble that of another former UNLV basketball player.

Marshall, who capped his four-year UNLV career in March by becoming the first Rebel in two decades to play in the NCAA Tournament in four straight seasons, was signed Friday by the Miami Heat after not being selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Miami, which didn’t have any picks in draft's first round, will give the 6-foot-3 point guard a chance — albeit a long-shot — to prove himself July 12 to 22 during the NBA Summer League at the Cox Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center.

“Thankful & Blessed for the opportunity,” Marshall posted on Twitter.

He’s not the first ex-Rebel the Heat have taken a chance on.

Joel Anthony faced similar long odds in 2007 when he was signed by Miami after not being selected, but the center has been part of two NBA championship teams in six years with the Heat.

Marshall averaged 10.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season with UNLV in being named a second-team All-Mountain West selection.

If he doesn’t stick with the Heat, there will be plenty of opportunities overseas. The summer league is packed with scouts from foreign teams looking to fill their rosters.

Miami also signed former Findlay Prep player Myck Kabongo of the University of Texas, also a point guard. Kabongo, a former McDonald’s All-American, was a potential first-round pick heading into last season before being suspended 23 games for accepting impermissible benefits.

Elijah Johnson, a Cheyenne High graduate, was picked up Friday by the Los Angeles Clippers and will be on their summer league roster in Las Vegas. Johnson, a combo guard, played four seasons at Kansas.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Out of those three players, Myck Kabongo has the best chance of making the NBA.

  2. It'll be an uphill battle for Marshall, but I hope he ends up on a team. Congrats for him on getting the opportunity!

  3. Four year college players are more likely to get signed by a pro team as opposed to players like Myck Kabongo who was really awful in the games I saw him play in his very limited time at Texas. The guy has talent but needs some D-League seasoning before he's ready for the the Big Show.

    Actually, I like Anthony Marshall a lot as a reserve PG in the League. Johnson was a train wreck as PG for Kansas this season; in fact, it was his meltdown against Michigan (after they had the game won) that cost the Jayhawks a chance to reach the Final Four.