Jarvis Varnado

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Jarvis Varnado
Jarvis Varnado.jpg
Varnado in 2009
No. 14 – Piratas de Quebradillas
Position Power forward / Center
League Baloncesto Superior Nacional
Personal information
Born (1988-03-01) March 1, 1988 (age 27)
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
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Carmatic Pistoia (Italy)
2011–2012 Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
2012 Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (Italy)
2012 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2013 Miami Heat
2013 →Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2013–2014 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2014 Chicago Bulls
2014 Philadelphia 76ers
2014–2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2015–present Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
Career highlights and awards

Jarvis Lamar Varnado (born March 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Piratas de Quebradillas of the Puertorrican Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN).

Early years[edit]

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Varnado graduated from Haywood High School in 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[edit]

Varnado is known as a defensive specialist and is especially adept at shot blocking aided by his 7'4" wingspan. He led the NCAA in blocks for the 2007–08 season with 157 blocks which tied 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. 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.

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 is one of just two college players in history to achieve the milestone of 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks, the other being David Robinson.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Varnado was drafted by the Miami Heat with the 41st pick in the 2010 NBA draft. However, he signed to play with Carmatic Pistoia, a second-division team in the Italian league, with the Heat maintaining team rights to him.[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 summer 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 Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A.[8]

On September 7, 2012, Varnado was signed by the Heat for summer workout. He was waived on October 26, 2012.[9] After being waived by the Heat, Varnado joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League. Varnado was named NBDL 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]

With his D-League rights being held by the Iowa Energy, Varnado was traded by the Energy to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on December 30, 2014 and immediately signed.[27] On April 20, 2015, he left the D-Fenders to sign with Piratas de Quebradillas from Puerto Rico.[28]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ Jarvis Varnado Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ Mississippi St. 67, Bethune-Cookman 51
  3. ^ Mississippi State outlasts Crimson Tide; Varnado sets NCAA shot-blocking record
  4. ^ Spotted on the Pine: Jarvis Varnado
  5. ^ Winderman, Ira (August 16, 2010). "Heat second-round pick Jarvis Varnado to play in Italy". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia basketball team – Stats". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ Winderman, Ira (June 27, 2011). "Heat minicamp includes unknowns, Eddy Curry". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jarvis Varnado alla Virtus Roma
  9. ^ HEAT Waive Carney and Varnado
  10. ^ Boston Celtics Sign Sioux Falls Skyforce Center Jarvis Varnado For Year's Sixth NBA Call-Up
  11. ^ Celtics Sign Jarvis Varnado
  12. ^ Celtics Waive Joseph and Varnado
  14. ^ Sioux Falls' Jarvis Varnado Signs with the Miami Heat
  15. ^ HEAT Sign Jarvis Varnado (1/20/13)
  16. ^ HEAT Signs Jarvis Varnado
  17. ^ 2012-13 NBA Assignments
  18. ^ "HEAT Waive Varnado, Drew and Westbrook". NBA.com. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ Skyforce Announces Initial 2013-14 Training Camp Invitees
  20. ^ Skyforce Acquires Draft Picks From Energy
  21. ^ Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience
  23. ^ Sixers Sign Forward Jarvis Varnado to 10-Day Contract
  24. ^ Sixers Sign Jarvis Varnado
  25. ^ Notebook: Sixers 123, Pistons 98
  26. ^ Sixers Sign Two Players
  27. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Jarvis Varnado
  28. ^ Jarvis Varnado signs with Piratas de Quebradillas

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