Heat players mourn death of Miami prep standout
MIAMI » Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem considered himself a mentor to Malcolm Nicholas III, a promising 6-foot-5 guard from Miami who was being pursued by numerous colleges.
That’s why Haslem’s heart is heavy right now.
Nicholas was shot and killed Sunday night in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, police said. No arrests have been reported and police have not revealed if they believe there was a motive. Family members have said the 18-year-old was there visiting relatives.
Nicholas played at Miami High and Mater Academy in Miami, and was currently taking a postgraduate year in Tennessee to raise his profile with college recruiters. He was also converting to the point guard position, and averaged more than 20 points per game as a senior.
Haslem, in a series of social-media posts and then comments after practice Tuesday, has not made any effort to hide his anguish.