Just got back home from an early afternoon trip out to UM where our photographer Charlie Trainor shot pictures for our preseason men's and women's basketball preview. The photos are going to look sweet. We posed Jack McClinton, Lance Hurdle, Jimmy Graham and Brian Asbury -- the Canes' four seniors -- together for the men's picture in the Hecht Center weight room. The women's photo features sophomore point guard Epiphany Woodson and freshman McDonald's All-American recruit Shenise Johnson wearing hard hats right outside the school's new practice facility which is still under construction.
Aside from that, I just wanted to pass along a few notes...
> Jack McClinton has been named to the John Wooden Preseason Top 50 list. The Wooden award is given annually to college basketball's best player. McClinton was one of eight players from the ACC on the list, which includes last year's winner North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough. Duke's Kyle Singler and Gerald Henderson, Boston College's Tyrese Rice, North Carolina's Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington and Wake Forest's James Johnson were the other ACC players on the list.
"It means a lot to even be nominated or even thought of as one of the Top 50 players in the country this year," McClinton said. "It would mean a lot to me to go out there and get that award. But what really means a lot to me is to go out and win as a team."
> It looks like Lance Hurdle still hasn't fully recovered from his ankle injury. He didn't play in last week's 71-43 win over Florida Memorial. He told me before we snapped the photos he isn't going to play in this Saturday's final exhibition against Barry at 5:30 p.m. We're still not sure if Hurdle will be ready for the season-opener against Florida Southern on Nov. 15. It might be better to let him hold off until the Canes go to the Paradise Jam on Nov. 20.
> The women's basketball team, hoping to turn things around after 9-21 season, got quite a scare last night when two players were involved in a car accident near Dadeland mall according to coach Katie Meier. According to teammates accounts, senior Lamese James and freshman Riquna "Bay Bay" Williams were driving down US-1 when a bus ran a light and hit them. Meier said both players suffered minor scrapes and bruises and were released from South Miami hospital at around 2 a.m.
> Be sure to check out this week's installment of Getting To Know The U with Mollie Rose. Thursday night, Mollie sat down with safety Ryan Hill for some insight into what thrills him about being a Cane, how hard it was to leave Tallahassee and the Florida State Seminoles for UM and his pimped out Dodge Magnum.