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What other things will Canes fans hope are an illusion in 2018-19?

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In case you missed this bit of TV gold last week, take a listen below:

It’s been exciting following a legit lottery-prospect from Miami during this draft process, but Lonnie made it a whole lot more interesting with this interview. His personality is definitely drawing interest from NBA front offices as well as basketball fans from all over. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about possible draft destinations and to predict Mr. Walker’s initial NBA success in the coming weeks, as the draft is still about a month away. Today, I wanted to delve deeper (but not really) in the intriguing comment the budding philosopher made.

“... the earth is definitely an illusion.”

The word illusion is defined as “a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses” or “a false idea or belief.” I don’t really know what Lonnie meant by the statement. Is the earth a symbol for something else? Do we each have our own earth? Are we wrong about it’s origins or its place in the universe? These are all questions unlikely to be answered in the span of this article, so instead, let’s look at what developments or storylines for the upcoming year Canes fans will likely wish were “illusions.”

Malik Rosier as the starting quarterback

You could interpret this a few different ways. You could hope the Malik Rosier we see in 2018 is noticeably different from the 2017 version. Or you could hope the concept of Rosier as the starting QB is an illusion, and the role is actually filled by N’Kosi Perry or Jarren Williams this season. Either way, a 54.8 completion percentage and an 80.6 QB Rating won’t cut it this year.

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Canes fans will be hoping last year’s QB play was just a mirage
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Jim Morris’ coaching tenure comes to an end

One of the most successful coaches in the history of the Miami athletic program, Coach Morris won 2 National Titles and made 13 trips to the College World Series in his 24 years as the head coach of Miami’s Baseball team. Canes fans can only hope is absence is only an illusion, and that his legacy of success continues as if he never left.

Canes Football lack of DL depth

One of the strengths of the 2017 Canes defense was hit hard by the draft and attrition, leaving the defensive line as somewhat of a question mark. There are still capable players left however, with Gerald Willis III, Jonathan Garvin, Demetrius Jackson, and Joe Jackson ready to take on larger roles. Hopefully, this group avoids injuries and performs well to sure up what looks to be the only wildcard in the current defense.

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Canes big man Dewan Huell remains entered in the NBA Draft.
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Dewan Huell in the NBA Draft?

Miami’s homegrown frontcourt anchor declared for the NBA Draft this spring but did not hire an agent. I assumed it would be a quick look and then back to the college ranks, but recent reports say that Huell is still undecided. He’s worked out for the Thunder, Cavaliers, Bucks, Hawks, and Grizzlies. He really needs to come back home for another year, ball out and help the 2018-19 Canes make it back to the Big Dance (and hopefully past the first round). Hopefully, at that point Huell’s stock will have risen to first round levels for next year’s draft. The Canes’ frontcourt would be extremely thin without Huell, so please make this an illusion.

Do you have any other Canes football, basketball, or baseball illusions? Or do you think you understand Lonnie’s take on reality better than the rest of us? Let us know in the comments.