On Friday the University of Miami Men's Basketball team lead by Coach Jim Larranaga (affectionately known as "Coach L") landed a verbal commitment from a prized recruit out of the northeast. In addition, the Canes were ranked in a pre-season Top 25 poll. Find out more about both after the jump!
Small Forward Davon Reed announced to the world at 7pm Friday on Twitter:
"After a very long process, I have decided to commit to the University of Miami!!!"
We alerted Canes fans about Reed in our recruiting piece on September 7th:
"Reed is a four-star long swingman (6'5") who is a hybrid guard/forward and well reagarded as a strong all-around player and above-average shooter and defender with a good handle with the rock"
Reed had narrowed down his choices to UM, Xavier and Wake Forest and visited the Canes last weekend. Reed played his high school ball at Princeton Day School in Princeton, N.J.
Reed's AAU coach Rob Brown spoke to Hoop expert Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com and said:
"I think he just believes in what Coach [Jim Larranaga] has going on down there. He kind of took over somebody else's team and had success with it and they have five or six freshmen coming in with that class. Davon's trying to bring some of his friends with him."
Brown said Reed is friends with three other recruits Miami is hot for, Reggie Cameron, Josh Hart and Austin Colbert (all three we featured in our recruiting piece).
"I know he's talking to Reggie," Brown said of the 6-7 Hudson (N.J.) Catholic guard. "I know he's talked to Josh. Him and Austin are good friends. He's trying to rangle as many as kids as he can. If they have six scholarships to give, he's trying to get all of them filled up.
If Reed can sell his friends on Miami as well as he plays basketball, Coach L will be a very happy man come signing day!I
We got a chance to ask Davon why he chose the Canes, he said:
"I just really felt comfortable with the program. I was really welcomed by both the coaching staff and the team. I love the idea of being able to contribute early and hopefully make a great impact. Also being able to go to one of the best sports medicine programs really put the icing on the cake."
This big commitment comes on the heels of the Canes being picked #25 by Zagoria in the SheridanHoops pre-season NCAA hoops poll, Adam wrote:
"Coach Jim Larranaga lost out on landing scoring guard Melvin Johnson, but the Hurricanes have a nice backcourt combination in Larkin and Scott. Kadji and Johnson form a tough combination at the power forward and center spots"
Just under 3 weeks until teams are allowed to begin practice. Look for the Canes to put on their version of "Midnight Madness" anyone for a Medianoche Loco??