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Canes land big hoops commitment

It's been a busy, busy day for me. I've got two stories tomorrow in the paper -- one on Plantation cornerback and UM football commitment Brandon McGee and the health battles his parents had to endure and another on defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and his military background.

But today's blog will bleed basketball. Tonight, the Canes landed a big commitment -- and another budding star from coach Frank Haith's home state of North Carolina -- when swingman Garrius Adams announced he was picking the Canes over South Carolina.

Garrius_adamsAdams, a 6-5, 185-pound senior Apex Middle Creek High is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and is in Rivals's Top 150. And according to his coach, David Kushner, he'll fit into the Canes offense perfectly.

"Garrius is a guy who is a late bloomer, someone the bigger schools past on at first, but were chasing late," Kushner said. "When he went down and visited Miami with his parents two weeks ago, he really felt at home. He's what coach Haith is looking for, a guard that can shoot the ball and is long and lean. He's got an 82-inch wingspan. He can be a ridiculous defender."

Adams averaged 18.2 points and 7.8 rebound a game last season for Middle Creek and was the conference player of the year in Wake County. Kushner said Adams can play the point too and is the type of combo guard Haith likes. He is the fourth player Haith has recruited to Miami from his home state and the second member of the 2009 class for Miami. The Canes still have two available scholarships and Kushner said he was told they are looking for another big man and another guard in the class.

My take is it's a great pickup for the Canes, who have had undersized guards in the Haith era. And it shows signs Haith is beginning to make bigger and bigger in-roads in what has to be the richest basketball recruiting state in the country. Adams is a big time player in North Carolina and likely the best public school player in the state. Kushner told me he's been fielding phone calls on a nightly basis from college coaches and basketball recruiting writers for months hoping to find out where Adams was headed. For you football junkies, that's what the Northwestern and Booker T. coaches and kids were having to deal with in terms of attention last year.

Kushner shared a funny story on how Haith exactly was able to land Adams. "I think the first time Frank saw him it was the at an AAU tournament in South Carolina. Garrius had probably his worst game of the summer in front of a crowd of just about every ACC and SEC coach. The next night, there were maybe a handful of coaches and Haith was there. Garrius was awesome that night. He hit 5 or 6 3's, played great defense and showed everybody just how good he really is. Haith offered him on the spot. And he showed Garrius he's the type of coach who would stick with him."

I'm going to try and get Adams at some point. But for now, here's what I was able to dig up on him on YouTube. It's a MixTape. Enjoy.

> PS, I'll see you guys for my live chat tomorrow at 2 p.m. -- after Randy Shannon and his quarterbacks talk to us. I'll also share my weekly special -- The Recruit Report -- tomorrow as well.

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manny, have you heard anything about them retiring the late great Sean Taylors number?

...BUT IN THE MEEN TIME...

Posted by: HERBAL MINDED | September 16, 2008 at 12:28 PM

THIS IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, RIGHT?

THIS IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, RIGHT?

Posted by: Sarasota 'Cane | September 16, 2008 at 12:52 PM

this blog was actually about b-ball... but yes football is number1 in my heart... its just a lil fun.. These 2 have been going at it for months. why not let the loyal readers way in on who is better for the blog..

I'm getting really tired of this back and forth between DAU/Green vs. 86. I come on here to read up on some good news about my Canes, and instead I get 75% of Green bashing 86. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Green, you do not speak for me, the fan base, nor this paper. It isn't "righteous" what you are doing. You honestly sound delusional. We get it, you don't like 86. Thanks. If you want to keep thumping your chest, go outside, fight like a man, and show 86 what you really feel like. Trying to be a macho man over the internet is ridiculous already.

Manny, for the love of God do a poll. Honestly if Green/DAU can't get along with 86, either they go, or 86 goes. Put it to a vote and let's get this over with.

My vote goes in keeping 86. At the very least he actually contributes something to this blog, as opposed to Green whose sole purpose in life apparently is to wait until 86 posts and then bash him for starting up Canespace.

And FYI Green, Canespace isn't a rival, but SS sure is. How about stop giving them free advertisement.

Why not let the loyal readers way in on who is better for the blog?

Neither, there ranting is crap! Shut the F up and get off this site.

Can't even enjoy reading about the U without all this crap.

Shut the F up or beat the he** out of each other, then get of this site!

yall need 2 get a sense of humor.. i like them both.. its tuesday and there is no real football news.. when there is real f-ball 2 talk bout they need 2 shut up, but on slow cane days sit back read and laugh at BOTH the morons!!!

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

Rodney Dangerfield

I like the 'Canes so much I read ALL the blogs (and the articles) everyday! I know there has been some tension lately, but I did not realize that it had come to this point.

I wish there was some sort of account we could sign into in order to keep people from changing their identity every 5 minutes.

Besides all that it's a free country. If 86 wants to start a blog, then that's his perogative! I had discovered Omar's blog about 3-4 months before he was promoted. THERE WAS A HUGE VOID BEFORE SHANDELL TOOK OVER! Canespace filled the void!

This is America! You are free to move about the internet! Canespace has done a great job cross-promoting Canespace with Eye on the U! It is a complimentary relationship! They are driving traffic to each others websites!

Canespace is raising money for Sean Taylors family for God's sake! I met several people from the blog at the Charleston game. Not once was I asked to swear my allegiance to any blog! We talked about the game, and the schedule, and the Gaytors!

It's one thing to have to deal with the immature fans from other teams, but when our own fans come on here and spread so much hate for each other because of petty jealousy, then it becomes unbearable!

I'm heading over to the Palm Beach Post, any objections? I might stop by the Sun Sentinel on the way!

Go 'Canes!!

Hey guys, real canesrule here, just got back from yet ANOTHER skiing trip with the fellas and boy can those guys toss my salad……

It is my understanding that Randy is dreaming up something special for Texas A&M . A top secret plan that involves a brilliant play call by Nix. I just hope the refs don’t decide this game too. Insiders at Lamespace call it a touchdown. It is my understanding that we are incapable of scoring one of those “touchdowns.”

Dare I say we have THE worst rushing “attack” in the Nation? Baby J is just that, an injured baby. And Cooper aint too super. 1.6 yards and a cloud of dust baby.

How will Americas team fare against the soft Aggies? Our newly ranked 106th passing offense should match up well against their 24th ranked pass defense. Truthfully, I see this as a trap game. It’s gonna be closer than Duhhhh U thinks and I hope Marble Mouf issues a precautionary “DONT RUN UP THE FRICKIN SCORE ON US” media statement this week. Recently he was HARSHLY criticized by Dan LeBatard, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser, Jim Rome, Joe Rose, and even cane homer himself Steve Goldstein. What will his next blunder be? Maybe just maybe RS will keep his 4th choice trap shut. Prolly not. He aint real bright.

Anyhoo, from College Station where we’ll probably sneak by the Aggies, All the way up to Durham North Carolina where the Blue Devils will surely spank us, clear down to Gainesville where the Gators throttled us, and even down to Boca where the Owls would take us into the 4th much like the Dukeys did in 07 , this IS Cane Country.

Too bad you can't use, the U of M logos...

Hey guys, real canesrule here, just got back from yet ANOTHER skiing trip with the fellas and boy can those guys toss my salad……

Posted by: canesrule

SALAD TOSSING IS GREAT PREPARATION FOR "BACKING" INTO CHAMPIONSHIPS

We won our 1st SEC Title after 53 years in the conference!

YOU TAKE THE LOW ROAD, I'LL TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

Canesrule, your mother and I have something to tell you.

I'M YOUR FATHER

NOW GO GET YOUR SHINE-BOX BOY

I LOVE Gator girls!

SKANKS, IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER

Florida has one of the best water treatment programs in the country!

TURD HERDING IS NOT JUST A GAME DAY TRADITION

Canesrule = angry fan = small pp

TIME TO BUY A CORVETTE

How about a Green v. 86 loser retires from the blog match...right before the FSU game.

Miami voted most beautiful city in USA...keep your damn titletown, I like this way better.

Most beautiful meaning...most beautiful people.

THIS IS THE BEST BLOG FOR INSIDE HURRICANE INFO. MANNY IS UNDERPAID FOR THE WORK HE DOES.. THE INFO HE PROVIDES IS UNMATCHED...

I'M ALL WITH THE SHOWDOWN.. LOSER RETIRES FROM THE EYE ON THE U.. THE LAME NAME CHANGING NEEDS TO STOP...

86 AND GREEN SHOULD HAVE A BLOG SHOWDOWN..

JUST DONT INTERFERE WITH THE HURRICANE FOOTBALL INFO!!

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