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McDonald's AA game coming to U in '09

Frank Haith is still working hard to bring his first McDonald's All-American to the University of Miami. After what the Canes accomplished this season in reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament, you have to imagine he'll be even closer to reaching that goal soon. Well, even if he's unsuccessful (which I doubt he will be), Canes fans will at least be able to know they'll have a house full of McDonald's All-Americans soon enough.

Mcdonalds_ballThe school announced Thursday it will host the 2009 McDonald's High School All-American game on April 1st at BankUnited Center. Its the first time the game, which has been played since 1978 (the year I was born), will take place in Miami. New UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who will officially replace Paul Dee on June 1st, was in Milwaukee Wednesday night to represent The U when it was announced.

That's a great sign for Canes basketball fans, who have to like the fact the school's administration is pushing for big time basketball events. Think about the benefits of having the game at UM and what it could mean to the program. Haith, who is on the road this week recruiting, will be able to show off his relatively new basketball arena -- and the Canes' new basketball practice facility on national television. Miami, most likely, will be in the NCAA Tournament at that time -- or just coming off what should be another strong season. So, here's an early pat on the back for Hocutt and the new UM administration for looking to cash in on the momentum Haith and his team are creating.

DEVIN EBANKS UPDATE: Speaking of the Canes' recruiting front, it looks like that Devin_ebankslast scholarship Haith is looking to use will not end up in the hands of former Indiana signee Devin Ebanks. According to Scout.com, the nation's fourth best small forward said Wednesday didn't mention UM among the four schools he'll be considering and visiting soon. Instead, he listed Texas, Memphis, Rutgers and West Virginia. "Those are my top four and the only ones I’ll look at,” Ebanks told Scout.com. “I’m going to schedule visits to all four of them." I'm still trying to reach Ebanks' high school coach at St. Thomas More, Jere Quinn, to confirm that's the case.

MEIER'S MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN: UM women's coach Katie Meier had to be all smiles Shenise_johnson yesterday. She got to watch her best signee in three seasons, 5-11 forward Shenise Johnson, play for the East in last night's Girls McDonald's All-American game. Johnson only had two points, but she had five assists and a handful of steals and showed Canes' women's basketball fans a positive sign for the future. Johnson, a senior at Rush-Henrietta School in New York, led her high school tem to three consectuive state championships while averaging 24 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and scoring 35 points in the stte championship game. I spoke to her high school coach for a few minutes Thursday and he said UM edged Syracuse for Johnson's services. Johnson becomes the first McDonald's All-American recruited to The U since Tamara James.

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JORTS

LOL

Ebanks is the Pj of basketball...lol couldnt resist. Hopefully coach Haith pulls a nice guard from somewhere.

Manny

Thank you for the update for Basktball. Keep digging for more information for us. Any word on who Coach Haith is reaching out to this trip??

Thanks

Hurricane Moe

I like the direction the Mens and Womens basketball program is heading. Give Coach Haith a contract extension.

Mandingo! Whazup?

You gonna be at the Spring Game? If so, see U there! Look for the Canespace banner in the stands...

kirby is going to be a great athletic director.

with got dj

Manny, your McClinton/Best 'Canes since Rick Barry list didn't have John Salmons. Best pro-career, played almost every position, has good career numbers in almost every category, NCAA's 99,00,02. It's Salmons hands down. Second is Johnny Hemsley, another that was not mentioned. 2 Questions? Has Shannon hinted that he could be open to playing 2 or even 3 QBs at once. Do you think the BBall team could have gone further if Clemente had stayed?

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Manny, your McClinton/Best 'Canes since Rick Barry list didn't have John Salmons. Best pro-career, played almost every position, has good career numbers in almost every category, NCAA's 99,00,02. It's Salmons hands down. Second is Johnny Hemsley, another that was not mentioned. 2 Questions? Has Shannon hinted that he could be open to playing 2 or even 3 QBs at once. Do you think the BBall team could have gone further if Clemente had stayed?

Posted by: Robnyce | March 28, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Salmons was not even close to what Tim James was here. The guy was Wooden Award candidate for God sakes.

Would the b-ball team gone further with Clemente? Are you out of your mind? Clemente sucked. He wouldn't have seen the floor over Lance Hurdle. Eddie Rios is better than he is.

Manny, any chance the last scholarship ends up back in Freddy Asprilla's hands?

Clemente was the leading scorer in at least 4 games down the stretch last season. He was getting over the hump. Plus it would have kept them from experimenting with Jack at PG at the beginning of this season. Can't underestimate the value of a PG with ACC experience who was playing his best down the stretch in ACC games. Still he wasn't great, but he was better than what we had this year at PG.

estaban

no aspirilla is going to play for fiu.canes don't need another big they need size on the perimeter or a point guard in the 09 class.

thanks for the info Simon.

Yo.....quick question for Manny or anyone else who might know. How good is Julian Gamble supposed to be? I always wonder if we redshirted him cause we have nice depth or is he working on his game an needs alot of improvement? Hope someone has an answer.

Clemente was the leading scorer in at least 4 games down the stretch last season. He was getting over the hump. Plus it would have kept them from experimenting with Jack at PG at the beginning of this season. Can't underestimate the value of a PG with ACC experience who was playing his best down the stretch in ACC games. Still he wasn't great, but he was better than what we had this year at PG.

Posted by: Esteban | March 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Clemente was in no way better than Lance Hurdle. That guy is terrible. And anyways, Jack McClinton has to learn the PG position if he's going to make it in the NBA.

the canes are getting black uniforms for next year. the following is a link from uniwatchblog.com http://a934.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/93/l_59b088fb47d889cf62e31c65c499a835.jpg

i dont like them.

"Yo.....quick question for Manny or anyone else who might know. How good is Julian Gamble supposed to be? I always wonder if we redshirted him cause we have nice depth or is he working on his game an needs alot of improvement? Hope someone has an answer."

We fortunately didn't need him with what we had. He needed work on his Toughness. In HS he was a man against boys but wasn't ready for the difference in BIG'S play on the college level. I have heard he has advanced a lot this season playing against our bigs.

Q: Manny, your McClinton/Best 'Canes since Rick Barry list didn't have John Salmons. Best pro-career, played almost every position, has good career numbers in almost every category, NCAA's 99,00,02. It's Salmons hands down. Second is Johnny Hemsley, another that was not mentioned. 2 Questions? Has Shannon hinted that he could be open to playing 2 or even 3 QBs at once. Do you think the BBall team could have gone further if Clemente had stayed? Posted by: Robnyce | March 28, 2008 at 12:08 AM

A: Rob.. I probably should have also included Hemsley and Salmons, but the question was more geared to what they did at UM. In that case, I'd say the top three after Barry are McClinton, Tim James and either one of the other guys from the 60s. Career-wise there is no doubt Salmons and James Jones come next.

RE: QBs... Shannon and Nix have both said using 2 QBs is not out of the realm of possibilities. In fact, I think in some capacity Jacory Harris will end up playing some for that reason alone.

RE: Clemente... there is no doubt UM's biggest problem this year was point guard. Hurdle did a nice job filling in and Rios was a freshman (I'll leave it at that). It would have certainly been nice to have a veteran like Clemente to turn to. Would UM have gone further in the tournament with him? Who knows. Hurdle hit a lot of big shots for the Canes this season. I think Denis and Lance were pretty much on the same level, except Denis was a little better at finishing around the basket.

Q: Manny, any chance the last scholarship ends up back in Freddy Asprilla's hands? Posted by: Esteban | March 28, 2008 at 11:06 AM

A: Simon is right. Asprilla is supposed to be with FIU next season. I'm interested to see who Frank ends up taking with that last ship... or if he just saves it for '09 or possible transfers.

Q: Yo.....quick question for Manny or anyone else who might know. How good is Julian Gamble supposed to be? I always wonder if we redshirted him cause we have nice depth or is he working on his game an needs alot of improvement? Hope someone has an answer. Posted by: Jayel | March 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM

A: Frank Haith has told me he thinks Gamble can be an NBA prospect because he's still growing into his body and is already huge at 6-9, 260. He was redshirted because he was raw and because UM didn't need him. But Frank is high on him. I think he's the most likely to fill in Anthony King's role as a true center. Everyone else UM has is more of a power forward.

Jack, may need to learn the PG position to make it in the pros but he's not going to help us win any games trying to learn to play PG during our season. Even in the pros I think his best bet is to be a PG in the sense of a Daniel Gibson or another PG that doesn't really play a true PG role. Is more a PG in name, but spot up shooter in actuality with a SF/SG that handles the ball usually.

and here is a comparison of Hurdle to Clemente strictly by the numbers.

Clemente: 9.8 p/g, 3.3 assists, 1.8 assist/turnover ratio, 44% FG, 38% on threes, 73% FT, 2.5 rebounds/game, 23 steals.

Hurdle: 8 p/g, 2.4 assists, 1.34 a/t, 32% FG, 87% FT, 34% threes, 2.1 rebounds/game, 22 steals.

clemente played a couple minutes more per game and Hurdle played more games overall in the season since clemente missed games due to suspensions.

Wayne Beckner, a teammate of Rick Barry's, was a really good player. Good enough to be in the U Hall of Fame.

They seem pretty even according to the stats but from watching them both, I think Lance is much better. He's quicker and he ran the offense better than Clemente. Lance started off slow and then really picked it up when ACC play started. I'm not a Clemente fan at all.

Manny, others,

Find UM NCAA Tournament stats. I guarantee you Hemsley and Salmons are in the top 3. Hemsley was the leading scorer in '99 even when Time James was there, and Salmons was second or third in scoring every year he played. Both went to a record 3 tourneys (Salmons 99,00,02; Hemsley 98,99,00). Memory serves me right, but if you need stats, look for it. I bet I'm on the money.

I'm upset Steve Edwards wasn't listed.

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