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Chris Silva.

Chris Silva has been invited to play for the Miami Heat in next month’s NBA Summer League, it was first reported by The State on Friday morning.

The former South Carolina forward went undrafted in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

With the Gamecocks, Silva finished his career in the top 10 in program history in points, rebounds and blocks and was the Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18. He became the only Gamecock with an SEC Defensive Player of the Year award and Final Four ring.

Brian Bowen, another former player Gamecock who spent the second half of the 2017-18 season at South Carolina but was ineligible to play, signed a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo.

“There’s some genuine interest in Chris right now,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said at a news conference on Wednesday. “My phone’s been really busy the last 48 hours and it’s mostly about Chris. I’m also getting calls about Brian Bowen. But it’s mostly been about Chris. There’s a lot of realization because he’s had some great workouts and people have been able to engage with him.”