Miami Recruiting: Rion Brown

April 2, 2010

Miami has three players joining them from the 2010 class, with the most notable in the class being Rion Brown (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2010), whose fast paced play should complement Durand Scott and give Miami more offensive firepower next season.

Brown has a nice mid range game and explosive moves to the basket, a strong leaper who can blast up and down the court in the transition game. With his size, it’s likely he’ll see some time at the SG spot, but he is athletic enough to play the SF in college. He also has a quick first step and should be able to continue to develop his ballhandling skills into a super guard.

The question for Brown is whether he’ll be able to consistently be a shooting threat once he gets to college. He’ll still be able to get to the rim, but it won’t be as often as high school, so he’ll need to prove to teams that they can’t play off of him. If he can do that, he’ll be a force.


Brandon Knight Still Wide Open

March 15, 2010

The biggest prize still on the board for 2010 is probably Brandon Knight (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2010) , who is still considering Miami, Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Connecticut. Knight is a fierce scorer who can put up big numbers and cause problems for the defense, a sure fire big time scoring machine. However, he plays much more like a shooting guard than a point guard, so he still needs to improve his PG skills.

Of the six schools on his list, Knight has visited five, including Kentucky, Miami, Connecticut, Kansas and Florida. It’s hard to say where Knight will fit in best, but it does seem that his chances to play early will be better if he can play the point depending on where he goes. I’m sure Miami would love to be able to play Knight at the point with Durand Scott at the 2, and Kentucky could either move Bledsoe to the 1 (assuming John Wall goes league after this season) and put Knight at the 2 or vice versa. Florida could be interesting, with Boynton playing point and Knight at SG, especially because they played AAU together with that exact strategy.

If Kemba Walker is still at UConn running the point, you could see Knight getting time at the SG spot there as well. At Syracuse he’d probably have to help shore up the loss of Andy Rautins at SG. Xavier Henry could leave for the NBA after this season at Kansas, creating SG playing time there, although the current Kansas PG, Sherron Collins, is a senior and definitely gone for next season. So even though long term it will help Knight to be able to play the point (6’3″ shooting guards often have a tough time landing in the pros), there are several possible scenarios where he could get some big minutes off the ball right from day one.

For me, Knight moving to PG might be a mistake considering how effective he is at off guard. He reminds me somewhat of Dexter Strickland, a player who is incredibly dynamic at the SG spot but could be limited when running the point. Of course, with a player of his talents, it all remains to be seen.

Here’s some recent video of Brandon, much of which at point:

Here’s some video of Knight showing off his stupifying scoring abilities and near-impossible-to-guard quicks:

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Look Ahead: 2011 ACC Basketball Recruiting

March 14, 2010

With the 2010 class getting finalized over the next couple of months, we turn our attention to the 2011 classes for ACC teams. UNC has the top rated recruit that has committed to an ACC team with James McAdoo (PF, 6’8″, 2011), a big forward that plays in the paint, rebounds well and runs the floor. UNC is also competing for Adonis Thomas (SF, 6’6″, 2011).

Wake Forest, Duke, NC State and Miami are all recruiting Quincy Miller (PF, 6’8″, 2011), and I should have some new video of Miller soon.

Duke’s landing of Michael Gbinije (SF, 6’6″, 2011) just a couple of days ago has started their 2011 class with a solid wing.

UNC and Miami are both in the mix for Norvele Pelle (PF, 6’8″, 2011), and UNC has gotten a commit from P.J. Hairston (SG, 6’5″, 2011), who attended the same high school as current Tar Heel Will Graves and former UNC big man Brendan Haywood.

Virginia Tech has a top player already on board with C.J. Barksdale (PF, 6’7″, 2011) who picked the Hokies over Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Wake Forest and Florida.

Wake Forest, Charlotte, Clemson, UNC and Virginia Tech have all shown interest in Marquis Rankin (PG, 6’0″, 2011), who plays high school ball in Charlotte, NC.

NC State is still recruiting LaQuinton Ross (SF, 6’7″, 2011), a player we’ve been following for some time, while Clemson and Florida State are looking at Kentavious Caldwell (SG, 6’4″, 2011).

UNC, Duke and Virginia are all trying to land the third Plumlee big man in Marshall Plumlee (C, 7’0″, 2011) and I’m not sure if Duke has the inside track. Virginia and Virginia Tech are also recruiting Nick Johnson (PG, 6’4″, 2011) out of Findlay Prep.

Duke, North Carolina and Maryland have all been keeping up with Quinn Cook (PG, 5’11”, 2011) from Dematha although only Maryland has offered so far. Cook is the type of player who will be focused on running the offense, pushing into the defense and kicking to an open big.

North Carolina and Virginia have been paying attention to Angelo Chol (C, 6’8″, 2011), player from San Diego, CA, a state where UNC head coach Roy Williams has landed several players, most recently the Wear twins.

Virginia Tech has a commitment from C.J. Barksdale (PF, 6’7″, 2011), beating out Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Wake Forest and Florida.

We’ll do more player scouting on these and other 2011 athletes in the months to come, and of course we’ll start looking into the 2012 class as well.

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Durand Scott Picks Miami

November 21, 2008

Big win for Miami’s basketball recruiting efforts as Durand Scott (SG/SF, 6’4″,2009) has decided to play his college basketball in the sun of Coral Gables. Scott is a player who thrives in the pressure of big games and should get his chance to show off his skills in the ACC.

Scott fits in well with the chip-on-their-shoulder attitude that Miami basketball has adopted in order to survive in the ACC. He will need to work on his handle in order to become a true SG, right now he’s got more of a small forward’s game.

However, he is a skilled addition to the Miami roster next season and Frank Haith continues to bring up the level of Miami basketball.


Durand Scott Gets Closer to Decision; Boynton to Florida

October 30, 2008

The latest on Durand Scott (SG, 6’5″, 2009) is that he’s trimmed his list, and Miami is still in the mix, along with UConn and maybe Pitt. Scott had a long list of interested schools at one time but is making no bones about why some schools are no longer under consideration:

“All the other schools had something about them that I didn’t like, so that’s why they’re eliminated,” Scott said. “None of [the remaining] schools have things I don’t like.”

Meanwhile, Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009) has made it official, he’s not coming to the ACC, he’s opting for Florida.


John Wall – Not Going to Kentucky?

October 22, 2008

The Raliegh News & Observer has an article about John Wall’s recent visit to NC State, and when asked the question that top recruits hear ad nauseum, ‘what’s your list of schools’, one school was noticeably absent :Kentucky. However, Wall said he enjoyed his visit to the Pack, but also mentioned a new name, Miami, as a possibility:

Wall said Sunday that Miami was pushing for a visit and that he was not sure he’d keep Kansas on his list after it took a commitment from 6-foot-2 Elijah Johnson of Las Vegas.

“I’m not sure where I am with Kansas right now,” he said.

Wall is considering N.C. State, Oregon, Baylor and Memphis, along with possibly either Miami or Kansas.


Durand Scott Basketball Recruiting Update

September 25, 2008

Durand Scott (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009), a player who you might have seen recently playing in Rucker Park has a list of eight schools, including some ACC colleges.

Alex recently interviewed Scott, who confirmed his list of eight, including a ‘mystery’ school:

“UCLA, Tennessee, UConn, Memphis, Virginia, Miami, . . . Xavier [and] . . . [Pause] I can’t remember the last one . . .”

Shortly after this interview, Scott cut his list to five, eliminating Virginia and Xavier, but keeping Pitt (which Alex correctly guessed as the mystery school).

So, Scott’s current list still includes Miami.

More on Derrick Favors

I also wanted to follow up on a story we recently shared about Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009), where the Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported that Favors was listing six schools. Favors was not actually quoted as saying that he had eliminated anyone, but it is important to note that Connecticut was also listed. Many services have UConn as completely out of it, so for now it seems like a bit more mystery.