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Former UK star Josh Harrellson signs to play in Latvia

Washington Wizards center Josh Harrellson (55) shot a three-pointer in the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Paschoalotto Bauru on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 134-100.
Washington Wizards center Josh Harrellson (55) shot a three-pointer in the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Paschoalotto Bauru on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 134-100. Associated Press

Former University of Kentucky star Josh Harrellson has signed to play in Latvia for VEF Riga.

The 6-foot-10, 26-year-old forward/center played for the Washington Wizards during the preseason, but he did not make the team’s final roster. He averaged 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 7.3 minutes per game for the Wizards. He shot 42.9 percent from three-point range.

Harrellson was with the Phoenix Suns’ summer league team in July. In seven games, he averaged 8.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range.

The second-round NBA Draft pick in 2011 has played for three NBA teams, the New York Knicks (4.4 points per game in 2011-12), the Miami Heat (1.7 points per game in 2012-13) and the Detroit Pistons (2.9 points per game in 2013-14).

His international career has included stops in China and Puerto Rico. While in China, he was the National Basketball League’s Player of the Year for 2013 when he averaged 22.3 points and 18.2 rebounds.

This will be the first time he has played in Europe. The next game for VEF Riga, which plays in the Latvian Basketball League, is scheduled for Sunday.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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