(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Former University of Colorado guard Cory Higgins’ dream of playing in the NBA will now likely come true — thanks, in part, to his father.
Higgins’ dad, Rod Higgins, is the Charlotte Bobcats president of basketball operations. Cory Higgins was recently cut by the Denver Nuggets, and since the Bobcats needed a fifth guard to round out their bench, the elder Higgins didn’t have to look far to complete his team’s makeup.
“A lot of of people are going to think I’m here just because of him,” Cory Higgins said, referring to his father. “That’s not the case. I worked hard to get here and I’m here to prove to everybody, and the coach staff, that I belong here and I keep this.”
Higgins, 22, is Colorado’s all-time leading scorer.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN