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Mims Signs With NBA's Atlanta Hawks

Mims Signs With NBA's Atlanta Hawks
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Denied a spot in the recent two-round NBA draft, Southern Miss basketball standout Elvin Mims has signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

He is expected to report for his first mini-camp July 9, and a solid performance there could earn him a spot on the Hawks' summer league team in Boston, Mass. Head Coach James Green was pleased to see his player land in an NBA system. "I still feel he has a chance to play on an NBA team," Green said. "He still has some work to do to be on a team's final roster, but at least he now has an opportunity to do that."

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior from Century, Fla., was considered by some to be one of the top players at his position, heading into the recent draft. He was listed by as the No. 9 shooting guard available in the draft.

Mims, a Third Team All-Conference USA selection in 2002, was impressive in several workouts with NBA teams and had hoped to be the first Southern Miss player taken in the draft since Kelly McCarty in 1999.

During his senior season, Mims led the Golden Eagles in a number of categories, including points scored (472), scoring average (18.9), rebounding average (7.8) and three-point field goals made (41). He also became the first Southern Miss player to score 35 points in a game since 1995 and surpassed the 30-point mark three times last season.

For his career at Southern Miss, Mims scored 772 points, averaging 14.0 points per game, and grabbed 359 rebounds, averaging 6.5 per game.

The Golden Eagles finished with a 10-17 overall record and a 4-12 C-USA record last season. In 2001, Mims helped Southern Miss to a 22-9 overall record and an 11-5 conference mark, as well as a share of the regular season C-USA title.

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