Haslem among those mourning death of prep star
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.
“Some kids get in trouble and put themselves in bad situations, but this was a really good kid,” Haslem said Tuesday. “A really good kid. It’s sad, man. It’s sad. He was on his way out of here. He was going to go play ball. I think he was going to Eastern Michigan next year.”
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.