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Canes Hoops: Position Preview - PG and Wings (SG/SF)

Can these position players help the ‘Canes contend in the ACC this season?

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Ja’Quan Newton 6-2 187 Sr.

The ‘Canes only senior will bring experience to the squad. He averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.4 last year and the veteran hopes to continue to bring the heat.

Bruce Brown 6-5 190 So.

Brown is a projected 2018 first-round draft pick. Miami will look for his playmaking abilities to ignite the team .

D.J. Vasiljevic 6-3 198 So.

Vasiljevic is a sharpshooter and solid defender who will contribute to the ‘Canes on both ends of the floor.

Anthony Lawrence ll 6-7 210 Jr.

Lawrence averaged 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds in 33 games last year. He will be an asset on defense with his size and physicality.

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“I think we have three terrific perimeter players” in Ja’Quan Newton, Bruce Brown and D.J. Vasiljevic, Head Coach Jim Larranaga said. “They all bring something a little bit different to the table.”


Lonnie Walker IV 6-4 192 Fr.

Walker is an athletic freshman who can score the ball. He was a McDonald’s All-American and returns after to the team tearing his meniscus. He should be a bright spot in the offense.

Chris Lykes 5-7 160 Fr.

Lykes is an electric flyer who will be fun to watch. “Chris will add a lot of hype,” Larranaga said. “He’s nice, quick, short.”

Mike Robinson 5-10 170 Jr.

Robinson saw action in nine games last season. The guard hopes to see my action this year.

Miles Wilson 6-5 190 So.

Wilson is a transfer from Mount St. Mary’s. The combo-guard helped lead Mount St. Mary’s to the NCAA tournament. He averaged 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds during his freshman campaign. Wilson is redshirting this season per NCAA transfer rules.

Bottom Line

Miami has a talented group of players that can put points on the board. The veterans and newcomers can all team up to produce quality wins against top competition in the ACC and help Miami emerge as a perennial contender in the conference.