Heat pick Precious Achiuwa in first round of NBA draft

Memphis forward No. 20 overall pick
Memphis Tigers forward Precious Achiuwa in January 2020, drafted by Miami Heat
Posted at 10:41 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 22:43:25-05

MIAMI — Precious Achiuwa was the best player in the American Athletic Conference in his lone collegiate season. The Miami Heat hope that success can now translate to the NBA.

The 6-foot-9 Achiuwa was taken by the Heat with the No. 20 pick in Wednesday's NBA draft, giving the reigning Eastern Conference champions more frontcourt depth and athleticism.

Achiuwa averaged 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds for Memphis last season, shooting 49% from the field and posted 18 double-doubles in 31 games.