Robert Hite

Robert Hite Update

Rookie guard Robert Hite and forward Earl Barron apparently have earned Riley's trust -- and a prominent role in the rotation.

Both saw playing time in the first half Friday after they combined for 24 points and made 10 of 15 shots Wednesday at San Antonio.

''I'm just trying to come in and be aggressive,'' said Hite, a former University of Miami star. ``[Riley] is just looking for guys to go out and give their all.''


One on One with Robert Hite

Shandon Anderson.

Derek Anderson.

Neither of the veteran guards are on the Miami Heat roster as they return to defend their 2005-06 NBA Championship.

Instead, the Heat have opted for a couple of green, young men in Notre Dame's Chris Quinn and the University of Miami's Robert Hite.

Just who are these guys and what makes them so talented that they are on Miami's roster instead of a veteran or two who cold push the Heat's mercury back to blistering championship level?

Hite may be on cusp of NBA shot with Heat

MIAMI -- Robert Hite moved here four years ago, leaving his family's Cincinnati home after accepting a scholarship to play college basketball at Miami.

When his days with the Hurricanes were done, the 6-foot-2 guard figured he'd move again to begin his professional career, either to some NBA city or Europe.

Those plans are on hold -- and for a very good reason.

When the Miami Heat waived Vincent Grier on Sunday night, that left them with 15 players -- and Hite is one of them. Barring another roster move such as a trade, he'll be getting a locker when the regular season opens Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Ex-'Cane Hite may make Heat roster

Don't tell Robert Hite he can't play shooting guard in the NBA.

After life as a 6-foot-2 small forward at the University of Miami, Hite figures he's up to any challenge.

Considered among the longest of long shots at the start of training camp, Hite not only seemingly has played his way onto the Heat's roster, but could wind up with spot action because of his sizzling shooting. He is 15 of 23 from the field and 7 of 11 on 3-pointers over the past three games, highlighted by Friday's 25-point performance in Memphis.

"As a small two, he's quick as hell," coach Pat Riley said, "and the fact that he can really stretch the court, he's like Eddie House."

Reserve Hite (25 points) makes push for a spot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. The Heat doesn't figure to look like this again -- and that has nothing to do with its uneven play and frenzied comeback in Friday night's 96-95 exhibition loss to the Grizzlies at FedExForum.

With Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade given the night off by coach Pat Riley, the game essentially turned into the final amateur hour before tonight's turn to a more measured approach in San Antonio.

While rotation regulars Udonis Haslem, Antoine Walker, Gary Payton and Alonzo Mourning were in the starting lineup, Riley also took extended looks at forward Wayne Simien, center Earl Barron and guards Robert Hite and Chris Quinn.


Undrafted UM alum Hite looks for a spot on Heat - Former UM star getting tryout at both guard spots

Miami Robert Hite thought he was NBA ready, he just wasn't sure if a team would give him a shot.

Hite graduated last year as one of the best shooters in University of Miami history, but went undrafted.

The Heat decided to give the "hometown" product a chance, signing him in early August after watching him improve in the Summer League.