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Draft prospects the Dolphins have summoned; UM commitment; Heat playoff news, notes

Some Wednesday night Dolphins/Heat tidbits, as the Dolphins shop Davone Bess around the league and continue talks with Kansas City about Branden Albert:

NFL teams are permitted to bring 30 non-local draft prospects to team headquarters to meet with team officials and do medical tests. The Dolphins are interested in some (such as DJ Hayden and Kenny Vaccaro) more than others, but all piqued Miami’s interest enough to bring them in.

The Dolphins never release the names, but 19 of them ultimately leaked. Here are the 16 that I found:

Texas S Vaccaro

Houston CB Hayden

Arkansas State S Don Jones

Boise State CB Jamar Taylor

Washington State QB Jeff Tuel

Washington State WR Marquess Wilson

Southeast Louisiana CB Robert Alford

Alabama CB Dee Milliner

Utah DT Star Lotulelei

FSU OT Menelik Watson

Florida LB Jelani Jenkins

Florida TE Jordan Reed

Harvard H-Back/TE Kyle Juszczyk

Chadron State OT Garrett Gilkey

Michigan State TE Dion Sims

Sierra (CC) WR Courtney Gardner (considered of the draft’s top sleeper WRs; would have gone to Oklahoma if he had qualified academically).

### Credit Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post (and soon to be Boston Globe) for unearthing Dolphins visits for Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson, Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o and Colorado State University-Pueblo OG Ryan Jensen.

The Dolphins could bring in as many players with local ties as they want for workouts on their local Pro Day April 3. But they spent extra time with a few on different days, including North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard (Miami likes him), Auburn DE Corey Lemonier and UF safety Matt Elam.

### The Dolphins spent some private time on campus with West Virginia's Tavon Austin, for those enamored with the speedy slot receiver.

UM COMMITMENT

Pearl River Community College defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, who was once a three-star FSU commitment, told Canesport.com on Wednesday that he will enroll at UM in January. Defensive tackle remains a UM priority in recruiting. He had 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season. He was rated by rivals.com as the 23rd-best defensive tackle out of high school a year ago.

HEAT CHATTER

LeBron James is widely expected to be named NBA Most Valuable Player sometime in the next couple of weeks. But he had to settle for finishing second to Memphis center Marc Gasol for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, which was announced Wednesday.

Gasol, who anchored the league’s stingiest defense, received 30 first-place votes and 212 points overall in a voting of media members. James had 18 and 149.

But James wasn’t listed in the top three of 74 of the 121 ballots cast.

James finished fourth for Defensive Player of the Year last season and ninth in his first season with the Heat. He finished second one other time -- in 2008-09, behind Dwight Howard.

“I would like to see him achieve Defensive Player of the Year. He’s deserving,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “What you love about LeBron – the best player in the game – is how he values that side of the floor as a star player. A true two-way player.

“It’s not a coincidence the type of players we try to recruit into our system are two-way players who take as much pride on the defensive end.

“Also, the thing about LeBron is he was coached very well… [in] high school and the pros. [Cleveland coach] Mike Brown did a great job instilling a defensive background. You take for granted his impact defensively. He guards [every position] every night. In the fourth quarter, it’s whoever is the biggest threat against us – that’s who he’s guarding.”

Heat guard Dwyane Wade finished 16th in the voting.

### Former NBA guard Baron Davis said on NBA TV’s postgame show Tuesday: “I think LeBron is going to be the greatest [of all time]. He’s definitely going to surpass Michael Jordan.”    

### The Heat did not practice Wednesday, and Spoelstra said the team’s day included “rest, treatment and flying.”

Wade, who missed six of the final 11 regular season games with a bone bruise in the right knee, said after Tuesday’s game: “I have a lot more improving to do with my health. Hopefully, I continue to feel better. I’m not where I want to be.”

### Shane Battier, who needed four stitches on his chin after a collision with Milwaukee center Larry Sanders, said he will be fine. 

### During the regular season, the Heat finished 30th in rebounding and the Bucks fifth. But the Heat has outrebounded them by 20 through two games.

Chris Andersen has 13 rebounds in 28 minutes – the same number Bosh has in 59.

### Here's more perspective on Birdman's impact: In Game 2, the Bucks shot 37.6 percent and were outscored by 14 during Andersen’s 12 minutes. Milwaukee shot 53.6 percent and outscored the Heat by two the rest of the time.

### Spoelstra stuck with Norris Cole for the entire fourth quarter of Game 2, after Cole scored five points during Miami’s 12-0 spurt to start the quarter.

“I had every intention of putting Mario Chalmers back in the there,” Spoelstra said. “The minutes and spark Norris gave us with the second unit obviously impacted the game.”

Chalmers has admitted that he sometimes has said something to Spoelstra this season when he wants to get back in the game.

“He’ll give me the look, makes sure he’s the first one I see,” Spoelstra said, leaning his head out to replicate what Chalmers does when Spoelstra peers down his bench.

“But it’s all in good nature. He’s rooting for Norris. They cheer for each other as much as anybody. I’ve enjoyed seeing that point guard relationship group.”

### Contrary to radio speculation, the Heat said the fact it’s not staying at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel – where it often stays – has nothing to do with folklore that the place is haunted by ghosts, but instead because the Milwaukee Dancesport Competition is being held there this weekend.

### The 15.6 TV rating for Game 2 – equaling 15.6 percent of all Dade/Broward homes with TV sets – was the highest ever for a Heat game on Sun Sports.

      

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Rodger

Hey Barry, just curious, how many years does Stucky have available to play and can he play this year? Thanks.

dog1136

When I see Gasol guard the opposing teams PG, SG, C, SF, PF, then he'll be def POY. What a joke.

W[]_[]t About []_[] ?  yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnn ...

At least 10 GATORS will get picked in the 2013 NFL Draft...

Top Team... Top Program... Top Coaches... Top Players !!!

johnny

who cares who is committed to UM for next year, it doesn't matter, if they're not locked in for this year then it does not matter, they can still change their commitment for 2014.

Chris Tifer

On NFL Radio, when they interviewed Cornelius Carradine, he mentioned the Dolphins brought him in. So add him to the list...

Fools Gold... Again

Hey Barry, just curious, how many years does Stucky have available to play and can he play this year? Thanks.

Posted by: Rodger | 04/25/2013 at 03:21 AM

Since Stucky says he won't even "enroll" until Jan. 2014, he won't be available to play until the Fall of 2014. What do U not understand about that? This, like so many Cane Commits lately means nothing. He didn't have the grades to come in over this Summer and will more than likely get swept up by a mid-level SEC/Big12 Team after his Mississippi JUCO season this next 2013 Fall. What Barry fails to mention is that all the decent teams that offered the kid out of High School TWO years no longer have offers on the table. The Kid was a problem child at FSU, quit and still is a High risk, low reward recruit. But that's where Golden is now. For D.T.'s he's barely even getting looks from table scrape talent and character. Look for Arky, Louisville and the Miss. schools to swoope in if he can so much as spell his name to get enrolled.

Quijote

Thanks Barry Jackson for the FIU coverage. I'll just go ahead an update everyone reading your "FLORIDA SPORTS TEAMS COVERED" blog, courtesy of your Herald colleague Greg Cote.

Straight from the Herald's Greg Cote mock draft coverage: "...21. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Cyprien, S, FIU —You heard right. A safety from Florida International, chosen 21st overall. No Canes in the first round. But a Golden Panther. Oy!..."

#SEISMICSHIFT #INEVITABLEREALITY

PANTHERS ON THE RISE

...cue the haters...

Barry Jackson

Guys, the new DT will have 2 or 3 years; I will need to check that. And thanks, Chris, on Carradine. I noted in yesterday's buzz that they have shown considerable interest in him.

The Cart Before The Horse... Chickens Counted, Not Enough Eggs []_[]

New D.T. ? You mean the one that is free to sign with any College Football teams that offers him next Feb. 2014 ?

green

Thanks Barry Jackson for the FIU coverage. I'll just go ahead an update everyone reading your "FLORIDA SPORTS TEAMS COVERED"

PANTHERS ON THE RISE

...cue the haters...
Posted by: Quijote | 04/25/2013 at 09:53 AM

https://twitter.com/flasportsbuzz

27-year Miami Herald veteran covering South Florida's MAJOR sports teams
-- barry's bio

how low should he go to accommodate other small fry like barry, st thomas, florida memorial ... miami-dade
betcha didn't know the county community college enrolls 176,000 students ...
graduated 1.5M alumni ...
where's their beat? blog? propagandist?
(an allusion to the former staffer -- pete the pied piper pelegrin -- who worked for florida international before working for florida international)
lest you forget ...
minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant attention from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

Cane n Cane Homer Beat Writer Maf n Arifmatic

If Stucky played JUCO Ball last Season, and he'll play JUCO Ball this Season...

d[]_[][]_[][]_[]hhhhhh... ='s 2 years left ?

Learn It... Live It... Get Used To It...

Commitment: Also known as an oral commitment or verbal commitment. A recruit's pledge to the coaching staff that he intends to accept their scholarship offer and attend a specific institution. The pledge is non-binding until a National Letter-of-Intent is signed. If a prospect breaks off a commitment with one school to commit to another, it is called a de-commitment.

green

Straight from the Herald's Greg Cote MOCK draft coverage: "...21. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Cyprien, S, FIU —You heard right. A safety from Florida International, chosen 21st overall. No Canes in the first round. But a Golden Panther. Oy!..."
#SEISMICSHIFT #INEVITABLEREALITY

PANTHERS ON THE RISE

...cue the haters...

Posted by: Quijote | 04/25/2013 at 09:53 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Miami_Hurricanes_in_the_NFL

The University of Miami's football program has set multiple records in producing players who go on to the National Football League. The Hurricanes hold the record for most players selected in the first round in a single draft (6, in 2004), most first-round draft picks in a two-year period (11, from 2003 to 2004), most first-round draft picks in a three-year period (15, from 2002 through 2004), and most first-round picks in a four-year period (19, from 2001 through 2004). For a 14-year period, from 1994 through 2008, Miami had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Miami Hurricanes are also 10th overall on the NFL's all-time number of draft picks with 307.

As of the 2012 NFL season, UM had the most players active in the NFL of any university in the nation, with 53, including players on NFL Practice Squads and Injured Reserves.
-- wiki

U get the pick of the litter ...
you pick over the carcas ...
happy hunting ...

SCAVENGER

green

Posted by: W[]_[]t About []_[] ? Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnn ... | 04/25/2013 at 06:36 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mAtUphUIFo

Miami has a streak of 38 consecutive years (every draft since 1975) with at least one @NFL Draft pick.
-- @MiamiHurricanes

KEEP ON STREAKING

green

Posted by: W[]_[]t About []_[] ? Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnn ... | 04/25/2013 at 06:36 AM

Miami has more potential than almost any other school in the nation, if not literally every school in the nation. How do you even begin to balance out the fact that Florida, especially south Florida, is only rivaled by Texas and California in terms of producing quality football players.
-- nzmorange

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwzaxUF0k18

U sit atop the world's most valuable resource ...
discover how to harness the power ...

OIL OF OLAY

Reality Bites

Wow green pea U came out strong..........NOT
Why do you insist in living in the past? All the stats are so old, nothing since 2008.
What about your most recent streak of no player drafted in the first or second round? How long is that one?
Miami has potential..
We are back........
We have pro bowlers.....
Same old same old, what has that gotten U lately?
Mediocrity, 10 years and counting
Get used to it
Go Heat

green

Wow green pea U came out strong..........NOT
Why do you insist in living in the past?

Posted by: Reality Bites | 04/25/2013 at 12:44 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdfX7ut8gw

TRADITION

Quijote

tradition, of mediocrity. keep thumping your chest and living in the past, buddy. #AOL #MICROSOFT

Reality Bites

Little green pea, history is a fine subject of study but not a way of life.
It would be asinine to beat up a Briton today just because we fought Britain to gain our independence.
It would be foolish to hate a New Englander now just because they prevented the South from seceding from the Union.
It is just as stupid to brag about a UM national championship or that Ray Lewis is a pro bowler, when those things happened so long ago.
Stop beating up Brits, hating northerners, and talking about UM glory days. All those things are in the distant past.
Embrace today and make a change if your today sucks.
Which it most definitely does.

Loser

Shut up Reality Bites/Jim Gallo.

You really do have a pathetic existence, obsessing over UM and making up fake personalities to talk about UM football all day every day.

Loser

And Quijote - you have no freaking idea how far your miserable community college is from being "mediocre". Completely detached from reality. Keep fighting those windmills you nutjob, Florida's International University will never be anything more than a gutter commuter school with a crappy football team.

Quijote

Our "gutter commuter school" has averaged better BAR EXAM results since the program's inception than all other law schools in the state. Google it.

Our "gutter commuter school" has the longest medical school prospective student waiting list than any other university in the southeast. Google it.

Our "gutter commuter school" has the lowest acceptance ratings than any other school in the state. only 31% of those who apply are accepted. Google it.

But who cares about our rising academics, tonight its all about FIU standout Jonathan Cyprien being drafted in the FIRST ROUND.

Panthers on the RISE.

...haters on notice...

Reality Bites

What do you expect from a guy named "loser", should have been "losercane", that wold describe him better.
I am not Jim Gallo, I did use the term "green pea", like he does but in a different fashion. I was talking to he who calls himself "green". I call him little green pea as a term of endearment. Don't expect a loser like you to understand, don't care either.
Go Heat.

green

tonight its all about FIU standout Jonathan Cyprien being drafted in the FIRST ROUND.

Panthers on the RISE.

...haters on notice...

Posted by: Quijote | 04/25/2013 at 07:03 PM

saying so doesn't make it so ...
you are what you is ...

SO SORRY

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