NBA Draft: Jared McCain, Nikola Topic Among Green Room Invites Linked With Miami Heat

Mar 31, 2024; Dallas, TX, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Jared McCain (0) controls the ball in the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the finals of the South Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at American Airline Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2024; Dallas, TX, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Jared McCain (0) controls the ball in the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the finals of the South Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at American Airline Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Draft is less than two weeks away, but the Miami Heat's preference at No. 15 remains a mystery.

Regardless of their choice, it seems likely the prospect will be in attendance when the pick is announced. The Heat are linked to Jared McCain (Duke), Nikola Topic (KK Crvena Zvezda), and Isaiah Collier (USC) ahead of the draft. Each of the prospects has officially received a green room invite, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

McCain's scoring consistency on all three levels is the most intriguing part of his game. The Heat's front office tends to favor versatile players such as Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Nikola Jovic. It's also worth noting the energy the 6-foot-3 McCain brings off-the-court due to his joyful personality and extensive presence on social media. It would be interesting to see how that would mesh with the colorful Jimmy Butler.

Topic is the least likely to slip down draft boards despite having a partially torn ACL in his left knee. He was widely regarded as a top-5 pick prior to the news, meaning it's hard to see him falling an additional 10 picks to Miami. Topic is praised for his high basketball IQ along with a proven ability to run an offense.

Collier is the smallest name of the group, but could progress into the best of the three. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 assists, and 1.5 steals on 49 percent shooting in a 27-game freshman campaign. He would receive the opportunity to develop behind star guards Terry Rozier and Tyler Herro if he is selected by the Heat.

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ANTHONY PASCIOLLA

Anthony Pasciolla is a sports writer who has contributed to FanNation's Inside the Heat since June 2023. He also works as a contributing writer for Basketball News. He has experience in photography, content creation, and graphic design.