Despite failing to be drafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, former Michigan State guard Travis Trice has been signed by the Miami Heat for the 2015 Summer League. This will give him an opportunity to pursue a roster position and potentially play for the Heat next season.
The 6'0", 170-pound native of Huber Heights, Ohio led the Spartans in scoring in the 2014-15 season with 15.3 points per game. His 5.1 assists per game and 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio also led the team and ranked second in the Big Ten. He's a career 40 percent 3-point shooter and carried a 112.9 offensive rating his senior year.
After leading his team to the Final Four this year as a #7 seed, Trice was named the NCAA tournament East Regional Most Outstanding Player. Trice was a third team All-Big Ten selection during the regular season and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team following the Spartans runner-up finish.
Trice has been a solid contributor for all four of his years in East Lansing. As a freshman, he came off the bench in 32 games and led all Big Ten freshmen in 3-point shooting at 40.5 percent. His game continued to improve the next two seasons, until he really broke out this year as the full-time starting point guard.
Trice has been a winner his entire career at Michigan State under the tutelage of Tom Izzo. He's got as much postseason experience as anyone in the draft with two Sweet Sixteen appearances, an Elite Eight and a Final Four.
Trice comes from a basketball family. He was the 2011 Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior at Wayne high school, playing for his father Travis Sr. who himself played college ball at Purdue and Butler. Often overlooked in the past due to his height and small frame, Trice is a leader on and off the court who will put in the work to give himself a chance at the next level.