Michael Holyfield, a four-year starter as a 6-11 center for Sam Houston, helped lead the Memphis Grizzlies to an NBA Summer League championship Friday afternoon in Orlando.
The Bearkats’ fifth all-time rebounding leader started for the Grizzlies in the final two games of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League hosted by the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Holyfield scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds in 20 minutes and 11 seconds of action in the Grizzlies’ 75-73 victory over the Magic in the finals.
In Thursday's semifinal, an 87-81 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Holyfield played 21 minutes, scoring seven points and grabbing nine rebounds.
The Grizzlies were one of ten NBA teams participating in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. The 25-game, seven-day event included the Grizzlies, two teams from the Magic and the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
“What a great opportunity for Michael to show what he can do in the NBA,” Sam Houston head men’s basketball coach Jason Hooten said. “I’ve had the opportunity to visit with him each day. He’s having a great time and certainly impressed people with his play.”
Each of the games was televised on NBA TV as part of the network’s Summer League coverage of events in both Orlando and Las Vegas.
Holyfield opened the tournament with eight points in 11 minutes in the Grizzlies’ 81-73 victory over the Brooklyn Nets last Saturday. Memphis also defeated the Charlotte Hornets 79-75 and earned a 73-71 double overtime win over the Orlando Blue squad this week.
Holyfield, a 6-11 four-year letterman from Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, helped lead the Bearkats to a record of 80 victories including 24-11 and 26-9 marks his junior and senior years that earned Sam Houston NCAA post-season berths in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Holyfield completed his career as Sam Houston’s fourth all-time leader in blocked shots (105) and fifth all-time in rebounds (769). His 86 blocked shots during the 2014-15 season are a school record.