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Former South Carolina forward Michael Carrera signs UDFA deal with Miami Heat

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The man from Venezuela will hope to break through and land on an NBA roster.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carrera will get a shot at continuing his basketball career in the NBA. The former South Carolina forward, who graduated last month, has signed a undrafted free agent deal with the Miami Heat, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. Carrera will participate in the Heat’s NBA Summer League events next month.

Although Carrera wasn’t able to experience the NCAA Tournament during his tenure with the Gamecocks, he showed tremendous development under Frank Martin during his time in Columbia and grew into one of the team’s most important players. As a senior, he started 32 games, averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27.8 minutes a contest. That was up from 7.1 points and 5.7 boards an outing in 2014-15.

We’ll keep an eye on Michael and see how he progresses in the NBA Summer League, which runs from July 8-18. Hopefully we’ll get to see some more of his famous facial expressions that he showcased throughout his career (GABA did an in-depth investigation on this a few months back). In all seriousness, Michael is a great kid and athlete, and we’re sure all Gamecocks fans will be watching him closely and rooting for his success over the coming months.