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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Canes Hoops lands big man; ACC Power Rankings

Your daily digest of Miami Hurricanes news for October 26th.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Wichita State vs Miami Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Hey guys. Let’s get our day started right, shall we?

Canes Hoops lands 4-star big man Deng Gak

On the heels of landing the best recruiting class in Miami Hurricanes Basketball history, Coach Larrañaga and company have kept the momentum going into the 2017 recruiting cycle. The latest pay off of their efforts was the commitment of 4-star C Deng Gak on Tuesday afternoon.

This is a big recruiting win for Miami. A top 130 player in this class by all services (91st in class in’s rankings), Gak picked Miami over 10 other offers, including Florida and Kansas, the programs he visited last prior to his announcement. ESPN had this scout’s take on how Gak fits at Miami ($). At 6’11” 209lbs, Gak will need time to add weight to bang in the post in ACC play, but he has very good skills on the perimeter as of now.

Gak joins 4-star PG Chris Lykes, and unranked Australian F Sam Waardenburg in Miami’s 2017 recruiting class. The Canes have 1 more scholarship available in this class. You can check out some of Gak’s game in the HL’s below.

Welcome to the U, Deng!

ACC Power Rankings

As with every week, Ricky Paolillo is back with his ACC Power Rankings, which you can see here:

Once near the top of these rankings (and others, like, yanno, the AP and Coaches top 25 polls), Miami has tumbled in recent weeks. Will the Canes be able to turn it around? I hope so, and I hope it starts with a win at Notre Dame this Saturday afternoon.

Miami is still NFLU

Just a couple things for you to check out right quick:

It’s a Canes thing.

You wouldn’t understand.

Quick Hitters

While Miami’s offensive line has been a part of the team that needs improvement, the pass catching hasn’t been far behind on the “my god, that’s terrible” list. Proof? Sure.

Out of 11 targeted players, only 2 have not dropped a pass

And the breakdown of the drops is, well, bad.

Yeah. Need better, guys.

In addition to the above tweets, Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post wrote about Miami’s mid-season MVP: CB Corn Elder.

Our Daniel Tummeley wonders if/when Miami will be able to get the ailing offense on track.

Our resident coach Justin Dottavio aka Ironman Football took a look at some famous plays from previous installments of Catholics vs Convicts.

And, lastly, if you missed yesterday’s news and notes, it’s right here

And poof, like that, he was gone.

Go Canes