After sitting each of the last three games, former BYU big man Eric Mika returned to action in Miami’s 78-73 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
While he only saw seven minutes on the floor, Mika had a solid stat line with four points on 4 of 6 shooting from the foul line while grabbing a pair of rebounds.
During his minutes, he showed a great deal of aggressiveness on the offensive end of the floor as he drew five fouls, including three that resulted in foul shots. He worked especially hard to get position on the block off of switches in the pick-and-roll. Then when he got the ball he attacked the rim.
Most of his production came in the fourth quarter when he attempted his only field goal of the night – which he missed – and got to the free-throw twice in less than a minute, but missed the first shot on each trip.
In four games, he is averaging 5.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 85.7 percent from the foul line. He has also chipped in with 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes.
While his play in summer league hasn’t guaranteed him a NBA training camp invite, he is still reportedly garnering interest from overseas. According to Sportando, Novipiu Casale is trying to secure Mika’s services.
Novipiu Casale plays in Serie A2 in Italy where they were a middle of the pack squad who advanced to the playoffs during the 2016-17 campaign.
In other Utah news from summer league, former Weber State guard Jeremy Senglin had a really nice performance coming off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets in a 95-66 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. In the 29-point victory, he totaled 14 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range. He also added three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in 19 minutes.
Through two games, he is averaging 8.5 points on 40 percent shooting from distance with 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 15.6 minutes.