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Miami Heat signs three-point specialist Corey Hawkins

UC Davis' Corey Hawkins, right, is defended by Hawaii's Garrett Nevels during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big West Conference
UC Davis' Corey Hawkins, right, is defended by Hawaii's Garrett Nevels during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big West Conference AP

The Heat on Friday signed undrafted rookie Corey Hawkins, a 6-3 shooting guard from Cal-Davis who led the nation in three-point shooting percentage last season at 48.8 percent.

Hawkins, who made 81 of 166 three-pointers, was seventh in the nation in scoring at 20.9 per game and was named Big West Player of the Year. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals but 3.0 turnovers.

Hawkins, the son of former NBA guard Hersey Hawkins, gives the Heat 17 players under contract, three under the league maximum for training camp.

Three of those players — forward James Ennis, center Keith Benson and Hawkins — have non-guaranteed deals.

Tyler Johnson’s contract is partially guaranteed. Teams can keep no more than 15 players once the regular season starts.

The Heat would like to keep him for its Development League team in South Dakota if he doesn’t make Miami’s roster.

Hawkins averaged 19.7 points and shot 47.3 percent from the field and 41.3 percent on three-pointers in three seasons at UC-Davis. He twice led the Big West in scoring after transferring to UC-Davis from Arizona State, where he never played.

Hawkins was on the Sacramento Kings’ summer league roster but was sidelined by an ankle injury.

“Corey in the training camp shot the ball very well,” Kings assistant coach John Welch told The Sacramento Bee. “He’s a natural scorer. He knows how to get to the free-throw line, get guys off balance, kind of an old-man game.”

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