Eager to get to Miami, Beverley wants to show NBA that he's overcome his mistakes

MIAMI (AP) - What Patrick Beverley's basketball career is best-known for has nothing to do with his game.

Nothing to do with the 29 points he scored in his first game at Arkansas, or winning the 2007 SEC newcomer of the year award, or helping the Razorbacks stun Number 4 Tennessee the next season.

It's about a paper he didn't write.

Beverley's demise at Arkansas came after he had another student write a paper for him, leading to his suspension from the team and ultimately his departure from school. Determined to rehabilitate his image but with few options, Beverley spent last year on a Ukrainian team, unsure if any NBA club would give him an opportunity.

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat believe him.

The Heat swung a late-draft-night trade Thursday with the Los Angeles Lakers, getting the 6-foot-1 point guard. Beverley was taken No. 42 overall, is no lock to even make the Heat roster, but his odyssey has at last led him to the NBA.

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