From the South Pacific to South Beach, former University of Hawaii star Stefan Jankovic will get a crack at the National Basketball Association.
The 2015-2016 Big West Conference player of the year confirmed to KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello Friday morning that he will participate in the NBA’s Las Vegas and Orlando summer leagues with the Miami Heat.
“It gave me the opportunity after the draft to see I had couple options, but Miami showed the most interest,” Jankovic said. “I’ve been working my whole life for this.”
Jankovic went undrafted through 60 selections in the NBA draft Thursday, but he wasn’t passed over by the Heat.
Miami was one of six teams without a draft pick this year.
“Honestly I kind of like how my story is going right now,” Jankovic said. “In the end, it motivates me a lot more. I watched guys that I worked out with get drafted and played against and got drafted. It’s added motivation. It fuels the fire, that’s for sure.”
Jankovic and the Heat will open their summer slate in Orlando Saturday, July 2.
The Las Vegas summer league runs from July 8-18.