Skyler Flatten put himself on the proverbial map by posting career-best numbers as a senior at South Dakota State last season. Standing out at SDSU was difficult to do for anyone NOT named Mike Daum last year, but the Clark, SD native averaged career-highs with 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 44.0 percent from three-point range. His athleticism and three-point prowess began turning some heads throughout the year.
Flatten was invited to several pre-draft workouts with NBA teams, but went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. He briefly went to Italy, where he had initially planned on continuing his playing career, but returned to the US for a chance to play in the Association. The 6-6, 210-pound guard seemingly has all the tools to succeed at the next level.
On Tuesday, the Miami HEAT made sure Flatten wouldn’t slip through the cracks.
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed guards Skyler Flatten and Bubu Palo. https://t.co/bmQDqPax93
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 16, 2019
“Signing with the Miami HEAT means a lot to me,” said Flatten. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to compete in camp with some of the league’s best talent. This is a great first step in my professional career and I’m looking forward to whatever this upcoming season will bring.”
All signs are pointing to a possible return to South Dakota for the former Jackrabbits standout, but anything can happen in training camp. In the NBA G League, the ultimate goal is to develop players into NBA mainstays. It’s rare that a team, especially the Skyforce, gets an opportunity to do that with a home-grown South Dakota talent like Flatten.
Get to know a little bit more about Flatten in this Sanford Spotlight from his last season at SDSU.