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Canes add transfer

If Malcolm Grant ends up being as good as the first two guys coach Frank Haith has been able to bring in as transfers, then the University of Miami men's basketball team made another huge move Monday morning when it used its last available scholarship on the 6-foot combo guard from Villanova.

Grant, who was recruited by Haith when he was coming out of Paul Robeson High Malcolm_grantin Brookyln, was rumored to be headed Miami's way late Sunday night according to internet reports. I finally confirmed it this morning when I spoke with his high school coach Todd Myles. Grant, who will have to sit out the 2008-09 season per NCAA transfer rules, could essentially turn out to be Jack McClinton's replacement in 2009. Here's Grant basic description: Combo guard with a dangerous three-point shot who scores in bunches. Sound like Jack?

Grant, who asked for his release earlier this month because he was reportedly disappointed with riding the pine too much down the stretch of Villanova's Sweet 16 season, was pretty special when he was in the game for the Wildcats. Remember that 21-point comeback Villanova pulled off on LSU back in December that was all over ESPN? Grant was the architect. He scored 18 points in six and a half minutes in the win. He then scored 22 points in a big win against Pittsburgh. Grant, nicknamed the Microwave, finished the season having played in 29 games and leading Villanova in three-point accuracy at 47 percent.

As you guys know, I took the rest of last week off after returning from San Antonio and the Final Four. But I got a chance to speak with Haith for about an hour and half last week and have lots to share in the coming days. But this is once again very good news for UM's basketball program, which seems to have a dose of it nearly every week. Haith and I talked at length about his vision for the future, the type of players he wants to recruit and what he wants to get out of the guys he has now and what he wants to improve on in the coming seasons.

Grant could fit in nicely. After this coming year, Miami will lose McClinton and point guard Lance Hurdle and will have Eddie Rios, James Dews and swingman DeQuan Jones as its primary backcourt players. Getting Grant now will give him a full season in Haith's system the way McClinton did. He turned out to be pretty good wasn't he? By the way, Haith is turning out to be pretty good at finding gems in other people's heaps of junk. Hurdle went from nobody out in California to starting point guard on this team. Cyrus McGowan, who was on the bench for two seasons at Arkansas, was reportedly dominating practices this season the way McClinton was during his time off. Now, the Canes get the Microwave.

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If Frank says bring him in, he's got to be good.

Welcome back! Good to hear about Haith's exploits in recruiting. Too bad we couldn't use Grant and Jack in he same backcourt.

Sweet!

Ole' Canes!!!

Mandingo! Welcome back amigo!!!

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Welcome back Manny, thanks for all the good news.

Manny
Did you get the scoop on what happened with Ebanks from Haith? What happened to their relationship when he committed to IU and why he isn't really considering us for the second go round? Or is that information Haith would never share?

Very good question Old Skool!

Manny,

I understand that this is big news for UM and the basketball program, but you are the Herald's sole UM beat writer right? The basketball and football season's are over and the baseball team is arguably one of the best clubs in college in years... 30-3 overall and 15-1 in the ACC... WoW!!!! Shame on the Herald for not forcing you to report on the baseball team or for not assigning someone else to cover this loaded squad... There are 4 projected 1st rounders on this team and they have continued to be dominant with their ace (Erickson) out for the last month... Throw Coach Morris a bone and catch a game or something, or at least mention their recent sweep of GA Tech or their upcoming series with FSU who is #2 in the nation... Come on Manny, it's obvious that you dispise baseball, but come on... This team should be hoisting their 5th national championship in Omaha this June!!

I just spoke with my cousin who is a big Villanova supporter. He also mentioned that he was the one mainly responsible for that crazy comeback. He also said he is bummed to see him leave and was surprised he didn't get more playing time. Hopefully he will fit in and do well. I like that 3pt %

I'm happy Grant is coming to the U, but I would like to see Haith getting recruits right out of highschool. I know so far he has done a terrific job, but can you imagine if get the kids he wants rightout of highschool.

So why did he lose playing time at 'Nova?

He was lost behind two 5 star guard that came in his same class.

JRod, Manny isn't the Herald's only UM beat writer and isn't even #1, even though it seems that way to us bloggers. Susan Miller Degnan is their #1 Canes writer, and she has written plenty of articles about UM baseball. But from what I can tell she only writes about home games, and even then not always (sometimes they send some joe schmoe).

Manny has said he is planning on catching some UM games, and he did hit the Light when he was growing up, so don't accuse him of hating baseball or the U baseball team.

I definitely agree that the Herald should give more love to a team that does have a major local presence. It seems like sometimes they cover high school baseball with more zeal than college baseball. And Susan doesn't blog, so maybe the Herald wouldn't mind Manny covering baseball on the blog end while Susan writes the articles.

BTW, does this Nova kid wipe out that last scholly for next year? I would think so. What about the rumors about that kid from Louisville maybe wanting to transfer to the U?

As a person who is a graduate of both Villanova (undergrad) and Miami (grad) I follow both teams closely. When I heard that Grant wanted to transfer from VU I was hoping he would end up in Miami. He's a quality kid and will pick up for Jack Mac in the scoring department. He wound up on the bench at VU because of defense, so he will need to use his sit out year to improve there. At Villanova, the depth at guard was going to limit his minutes no matter what, so this is a good move for all concerned.

As a person who is a graduate of both Villanova (undergrad) and Miami (grad) I follow both teams closely. When I heard that Grant wanted to transfer from VU I was hoping he would end up in Miami. He's a quality kid and will pick up for Jack Mac in the scoring department. He wound up on the bench at VU because of defense, so he will need to use his sit out year to improve there. At Villanova, the depth at guard was going to limit his minutes no matter what, so this is a good move for all concerned.

I have to say that 2007 ended very poor for the Canes and all Canes fans with the football team finishing so poorly, but 2008 is looking like a real gem (not to jinx any of the teams). Miami's basketball arguably finished off one it's finest years ever, the baseball team is just about consensus #1 in the country, and the football team just brought in one of its best classes ever.

It's great to be a MIAMI HURRICANE!

Manny,

I understand that this is big news for UM and the basketball program, but you are the Herald's sole UM beat writer right? The basketball and football season's are over and the baseball team is arguably one of the best clubs in college in years... 30-3 overall and 15-1 in the ACC... WoW!!!! Shame on the Herald for not forcing you to report on the baseball team or for not assigning someone else to cover this loaded squad... There are 4 projected 1st rounders on this team and they have continued to be dominant with their ace (Erickson) out for the last month... Throw Coach Morris a bone and catch a game or something, or at least mention their recent sweep of GA Tech or their upcoming series with FSU who is #2 in the nation... Come on Manny, it's obvious that you dispise baseball, but come on... This team should be hoisting their 5th national championship in Omaha this June!!

Posted by: JRod | April 14, 2008 at 02:44 PM

JRod i second but unfortunately Manny cannot do it all by himself at the herald.
Manny is very close to us Canes fan and he is doing a great job...I hope the sports editor read our comments...Our baseball team
deserves much more love...I prefer to watch this team than any of the major leagues teams...You have a very valid point JRod...

Peace!

Yo.....Manny or anyone else, do you know if Julian Gamble is supposed to be a big-time player? Did we sit him out this year due to the depth we have in the front court? What can we expect from him?

Thanks.

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