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Reports: McAfee, Harris commit to Panthers

Isiah Thomas is at again.

According to internet reports, two of the nation’s top 100 players in the Class of 2011 have committed to Florida International: guard Cedrick McAfee and forward Darnell Harris. 

Both are four-star recruits, and will join centers Chris Coleman and Yvan Ngirabakunzi, who have also committed to FIU.

McAfee is a 6-2, 180-pound point guard from Memphis Melrose, and is the 59th-best player in the country at any position, according to ESPNU’s rankings.

Harris, a swingman ranked 83rd overall, picked the Panthers over Providence and Loyola. He will join Coleman, a current teammate at Christian Life Center Academy (Texas), on Southwest Eighth Street.

Coleman has long been in Thomas’ plans, agreeing to attend FIU during his junior year. 

Ngirabakunzi, a 6-9, 205-pounder out of Piney Woods, MS, chose the Panthers after backing out of a commitment to attend the University of Miami.

Interesting to note: FIU, which lured elite recruit Dominique Ferguson to campus last year – although he’s still awaiting NCAA clearance – is the only Sun Belt team to have a commitment ranked in the ESPNU 100.

If all goes well, the Panthers will have three such players on the court next fall, instantly changing the team’s conference – and perhaps even national – outlook.


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Smells like Dominance

This is shaping up to be the best recruiting class in Florida.

smells like NCAA viloations

I know, why would anyone want to play for one of the best players in the history of the NBA, who also had a better professional coaching record than either Calipari or Pitino? The only one laughing is us FIU fans at you LMAO.

Huge wins by IT and his staff. If he puts this all together, he's going to build quite a legacy here. No other team in the Sun Belt or in Miami will approach us, well maybe the Heat!

So IT is not committed to fiu? Lol.... IT will succeed...
BTW great write up!
Go panthers

Thanks for not automatically taking a negative spin on anything Isiah. Give the guy credit - he is getting it done recruiting wise. Now let's see if he can qualify them and coach them up! Great job Coach Thomas!

IT can recruit, good thing is that bball has playoffs makes it much easier to recruit.

We also have Alex Legion, a former top 25 player who will be eligible come January, and Brandon Moore was also top 150 coming out of high school. team should be good this year, sleeper out of them all is Richaud Pack who I believe led the nation in scoring last year in high school.

LOL....Isiah is doing it in the recruiting front, no matter what the naysayers think (really, want to believe and wish) about IT's lack of ability to draw players to commit...and ultimately to sign...with FIU.

Great two commitments!! Don't be surprised if another Top 100 commits soon guys!!!!

Go FIU!!! LOL!

Fanatic, with seven spots to fill this will be a huge class. Already four spots filled, and all of them are either ESPN 100 players, or top 50 position players. This class will be SCARY good.

McAfee didn't commit now per a rivals.com article. He feels he "jumped the gun". He is down to Auburn, Baylor and FIU. Said he and his family liked everything that FIU has to offer, but since he hasn't seen the school yet he is holding off. Needless to say, FIU is his leader, don't feel comfortable about him going to Baylor, Scott Drew is one dirty a** coach over there. No Official setup as of now, they are working on it. also say that former LSU commit K.C. Ross-Miller was not cleared by Ncaa and is now enrolled at FIU, awaiting an appeal to play this year. He was #137 last year on rivals 150, not a bad PG pick up.

I tend to think this is another Coleman situation, he will sign.

A shame that someone in the industry cannot have a private moment in their own back yard when someone next door feels they must have an autograph. If you feel you need an autograph, write their agent or studio, but leave them alone on their own down time. You aren't going to tell me that if you were important enough that people approached you on a daily basis & wanted your autograph, that you wouldn't get tired of it. Get off your high horse and quit putting people down. Does that make you feel better? They have the right to their private time.

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