Jarvis Varnado

Jarvis Varnado

Varnado in 2009
Free agent
Position Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1988-03-01) March 1, 1988
Fairfax, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Haywood (Brownsville, Tennessee)
College Mississippi State (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Carmatic Pistoia
2011–2012 Hapoel Jerusalem
2012 Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
2012 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2013 Miami Heat
2013 →Sioux Falls Skyforce
2013–2014 Iowa Energy
2014 Chicago Bulls
2014 Philadelphia 76ers
2014–2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2015 Piratas de Quebradillas
2015–2016 Dinamo Sassari
Career highlights and awards

Jarvis Lamar Varnado (born March 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Serie A. Varnado is known as a defensive specialist and is especially adept at shot blocking where he's aided by his large wingspan.

High school career

Varnado graduated from Haywood High School (Brownsville, Tennessee) in 2006.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Varnado was listed as the No. 16 power forward and the No. 62 player in the nation in 2006.[1]

College career

Varnado played for Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) of the NCAA Division I from 2006 to 2010.

He led the NCAA in blocks for the 2007–08 season with 157 blocks, tying Shaquille O'Neal for the most blocks in a season in the SEC. In the 2008–09 season, he would break that single season record with 170 blocks.

On November 21, 2009, Varnado became the SEC's all-time career block record holder with 413 total blocks in his career. This passed O'Neal's career block record of 412.[2] On January 23, 2010, Varnado surpassed Adonal Foyle on the NCAA's Division I all-time career blocks list to become the second-leading shot-blocker. Needing 8 blocks for the record, Varnado became the NCAA's Division I all-time shot blocker against Alabama on February 24, 2010 passing Wojciech Myrda's record of 535 career blocks.[3]

Varnado was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 3 consecutive years (2008, 2009 and 2010) becoming the first person to ever do so. He is one of just two college players in history to achieve the milestone of 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks (along with David Robinson).[4]

Professional career

Varnado was drafted by the Miami Heat with the 41st pick in the 2010 NBA draft. However, he signed to play with Carmatic Pistoia, an Italian team playing in the second-division.[5] Varnado played 33 games with Pistoia and averaged 15.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game.[6]

Varnado participated in minicamps with the Heat during the summer of 2011.[7] On August 12, 2011, he signed a contract with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. of Israeli Basketball Super League. After playing 12 games for the club in all competitions, on January 24, 2012, Varnado left the team. The following week, Varnado signed with Virtus Roma of the Italian first division Serie A.[8]

On September 7, 2012, Varnado was signed by the Heat for workouts. He was waived on October 26, 2012.[9] After being waived by the Heat, Varnado joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. Varnado was named D-League player of the week for the first week of the 2012–13 season.

On December 24, 2012, Varnado was signed by the Boston Celtics.[10][11] On January 6, 2013, he was waived by the Celtics.[12]

On January 9, 2013, he accepted a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat, the same team that drafted him in 2010.[13][14] He was signed to a second 10-day contract on January 20, 2013,[15] and was signed for the rest of the season on January 30.[16] The Heat sent him to the Sioux Falls Skyforce for assignments in March and April 2013.[17] Varnado won his first NBA championship with the Heat when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-3 in the 2013 NBA Finals.

On October 21, 2013, Varnado was waived by the Heat.[18]

On October 31, 2013, he was re-acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[19] The next day, he was traded to the Iowa Energy.[20] On February 3, 2014, Varnado was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[21]

On February 18, 2014, Varnado signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls.[22] On February 28, 2014, the Bulls decided not to sign Varnado to a second 10-day contract.

On March 1, 2014, Varnado signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.[23] On March 12, 2014, he signed with the 76ers for the rest of the season.[24] On March 29, 2014, he recorded a career high 9 points and 6 blocks in a 123-98 win over the Detroit Pistons.[25] On October 7, 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.[26]

His D-League rights were traded by the Iowa Energy to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on December 30, 2014.[27] He joined the side and averaged 11.6 points in eight games. On April 21, 2015, after the end of the 2014–15 D-League season, he signed with Piratas de Quebradillas of Puerto Rico for the rest of the 2015 BSN season.[28]

On July 22, 2015, Varnado signed a one-year deal with Dinamo Sassari to play in the Serie A and the European first tier Euroleague.[29]

In July 2016, Varnado joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[30]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2012–13 Boston 5 0 3.6 .500 .000 .500 .6 .2 .2 .0 1.2
2012–13 Miami 8 0 5.0 .333 .000 .000 .8 .3 .0 .3 .3
2013–14 Chicago 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2013–14 Philadelphia 23 0 14.7 .600 .000 .519 2.7 .6 .4 1.3 4.3
Career 37 0 10.7 .582 .000 .518 1.9 .4 .3 .8 2.9

See also


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