Slay gets good news

The Heat is still on for former UT basketball star Ron Slay.

Based on Slay's play in summer league games, officials of the NBA's Miami Heat have requested that the ex-Vol return to work out for the rest of the summer. According to Shedrick Howard, Slay's agent, the Heat also intends to offer Slay a contract.

A contact would not guarantee that Slay will make the Heat's 12-man roster, however. It merely will keep Slay from signing with another team while the Heat determines whether or not he is good enough to help their franchise.

Slay was The Associated Press' SEC Player of the Year last winter after leading Tennessee and the league in scoring. He grew up in Nashville, attending Pearl-Cohn High before concluding his prep career at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

Despite his standout senior season of college ball, Slay was not selected in the recent National Basketball Association draft. Instead, he was signed by the Heat as a free agent.

A story in today's editions of The Tennessee quotes Howard as saying: ''He has an opportunity. They want to work with him this summer because he's learning to play a new position.''

Slay played the high post at Tennessee, but must make the transition to small forward if he is to find a job in the NBA. He has the outside shooting skills to play the position but will need to improve his defense and agility a bit.

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