MIAMI, Fla. (WRIC) — Sunday night, VCU basketball alum Briante Weber made his 2nd NBA Debut in just his first season as a professional basketball player.
Before Miami played the Orlando at American Airlines Arena, Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra said, “he became a guy we want to invest our time in.”
The Chesapeake, Va. native took the court in the 118-96 win over the Heat’s division rival with 2:43 left in the contest wearing the number 12 and receiving cheers from the Heat fans still left over with the game’s result already decided.
Weber wasted no time, getting into the flow of the game in the waning moments driving to the basket and grabbing his first assist in a Heat jersey on a pass and drive to Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Josh Richardson with over two minutes left to play.
A minute later, Weber grabbed his first rebound came down the court and used a Josh McRoberts screen to set himself up one-on-one with former Heat point guard Shabazz Napier, now with the Orlando Magic.
Briante provided the remaining Heat fans, as well as Coach Spo, with a glimpse into the future streaking past his defender then scooping home the layup in between two Magic defenders for his only make during his time on the court.
Afterward, Weber took to Twitter to thank his followers for supporting him in his journey from VCU to the Miami Heat and a spot on a playoff team’s roster.
It isn’t expected that Briante Weber will get much playing time once the playoffs begin next weekend, Coach Spoelstra said in the post-game press conference, “Everyone is in the rotation except for Briante [Weber] right now. I’m fully ready to play every one on any night.”
Even if mentioned by name as not being one of the guys, if any of Miami’s point guards goes down with an injury, “Brifense” will be ready to answer the call.
Stay with 8News to follow the progress of VCU’s Briante Weber and his new team the Miami Heat as they prepare for the NBA Playoffs.