This week the Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team signed two new recruits during the early signing period, Deandre Burnett and Davon Reed.
Burnett a Parade All-American 6' 2" shooting guard hails from Miami Carol City high school where he averaged 36.2 points per game for the Chiefs and according to MaxPreps was the 4th leading scorer in the country. More recently he has been attending Virginia prep school Massanutten Military Academy where he has shot an impressive average of 31 points a game through the Colonials first 7 games inclinding this recent 44 point barrage:.
The performance by Burnett has caught the eye of many recruiting experts including ESPN analyst Dave Telep who tweeted this:
@DaveTelep After putting 36 on Oak Hill, Massanutten guard Deandre Burnett goes for 44 vs SoTech (what that a guarantee game, lol). Miami is happy
Telep also listed Deandre as his #1 most underrated recruit in the 13 clas saying "The Miami native looks like more than just a hometown kid; he might be the next Jack McClinton in Coral Gables"
Davon Reed a four star 6-5 wing from Princeton, N.J., is ranked No. 78 in the Class of '13 by ESPN and No. 97 by Rivals.com. He picked Miami over Xavier and Wake Forest. Reed is an athletic and versatile that can guard multiple positions is a gifted shooter and a solid defender.
His AAU coach Rob Brown had this to say about Reed: "He can play a lot of different positions on the floor," he said. "He can really shoot the ball. He's got real good sweet stroke to his jump shot. I think he's going to get better and better with time. I think when he gets to college he's going to step up and improve his game and be an impact guy for Miami."
The Canes will have 6 or 7 open scholarships after this year depending on if Garrius Adams injury keeps him sidelined for the year or not. Coach L has talked about filling 4 or 5 of those slots this year. We expect the Canes to ink at least 1-2 more in the spring signing period and may use a slot or two for a JUCO kid and/or a transfer. Coach L is keen on balancing out the roster so they are not faced with this many open slots in one year going forward.
Canes are still in the hunt for over a dozen recruits one of which is 4 star forward Demetreus Henry who plays for Coach Kenny Gillion at Faith Baptist in Brandon, FL. Gillion also coaches AAU Team Breakdown for whom Henry also played. Henry has over 20 offers and recently took visits to Rutgers and Clemson. According to Gillion the Canes are very much in it for Henry:
" UM has a good chance, Coach L talks to him often and in fact talked with him (this past) Monday" Gillion went on to note that Henry will be a spring signee and "is very familiar with UM as he lived in South Florida and has been on their campus before. In addition Tonye Jekiri played with him on Team Breakdown AAU team and Jassany Williams (forward on UM women's) played for Team Breakdown and is like an older sister to Demetrius."
We asked Coach Gillion about the differences between Coach Larranaga's recruiting South Florida kids versus the previous regime.
"Coach L and his staff have been aggressively recruiting in South Florida, if they don't offer a player it's not because they haven't seen him play it's just that they may not fit their needs at that time...The prior staff largely ignored the talent in South Florida. Coach L was aggressively pursuing Antravious Simmons but he opted for VCU and is pursuing Henry's teammate on Breakdown Malik Price Martin." Martin is heading to prep school to play for Gillion's brother Gerald Gillion at Northeast HS in Broward County this fall.
We also asked Gillion what he likes about Larrinaga's coaching style.
"Coach L lets kids play, doesn't try to box them in. Kadji is a great example, he lets him play facing the basket which is how Kenny plays best."
Thanks to Coach Gillion for his time and we wish him the best with his Faith Baptist team this season.