With the passing of the early signing period for college basketball, the University of Miami hoops squad signed two top 100 players in combo guard Isaiah Wong and forward Anthony Walker III. While many thought 4 star wing, C. J. Walker would also land in Coral Gables, he chose instead to sign with Oregon. This was surprising especially since Miami’s depth chart favored Walker whereas Oregon signed a similar player in Chandler Lawson in this class.
So where does that leave the Canes who have 3 open scholarships remaining after this year (4 if Dewan Hernandez turns pro in the spring)? It seems likely Miami will pursue at least one more 2019 player and recently offered Top 100 wing Lester Quinones. The 4 star Quinones plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL after transferring last year from Long Island, NY and is currently ranked #67 on 247sports.com and #46 on rivals.com. The Canes have a lot of company pursing Quinones as he holds over two dozen D-1 offers.
In an interview this week with Rivals reporter Corey Evans, 3 star wing Tristan Enaruna said he recently heard from the Miami staff. Enaruna, a native of The Netherlands, has gotten on high major radar screens after coming to America last year. Playing for Wasatch Academy in Utah, the fast rising senior has attracted offers from Creighton, Illinois, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech. It is unclear if Miami will offer as well but he could help fill a major need at his position on the court. Creighton appears to be his leader for now.
Beyond taking another incoming freshman, look for Coach Jim Larrañaga and the Miami staff to continue to successfully harvest the transfer market to fill remaining spots. With the 19-20 team loaded with veteran players, we’d expect the Canes to aggressively pursue another 5th year grad-transfer to replace at least one of the departing seniors from this year’s team. It’s also worth keeping an eye on a growing trend with college transfers as the NCAA has given out numerous waivers, allowing players who would otherwise have to sit out a year to play immediately. Notable players receiving a waiver this year include Missouri’s Mark Smith, Georgia Tech’s James Banks and Virginia’s Braxton Key.