Haslem among those mourn­ing death of prep star

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

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.

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