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Men's hoops signs two recruits

DOLPHINS STADIUM -- I know I'm a few hours late with this, but I had to cover Heat practice this afternoon. Frank Haith's basketball program officially inked two recruits this morning -- a day after the start of the early signing period. It's the two we expected -- 6-5 North Carolina guard Garrius Adams and 6-8 forward Donnavan Kirk of Detroit.

Garrius_adamsAdams is ranked among the top 20 shooting guards by both ESPN and Scout.com and averaged 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a junior at Middle Creek High School. “Garrius is a great shooter and scorer and will be a strong wing presence for us,” Haith said in a statement released by the school. “After this season we will be losing some of our perimeter players, and I expect Garrius to come in and make an immediate impact.”

Donnovan_kirkKirk, ranked among the top 30 power forwards by ESPN and Scout.com, is known his hook shot. As a junior he averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game for Detroit Country Day, who is ranked No. 1 among Greater Detroit area schools by ESPN RISE heading into the 2008-09 season. A four-star recruit, Kirk is ranked No. 55 among all players in the 2009 class by Scout.com. The 6-8, 213-pound forward was also recruited by Michigan State, Southern California and USF.

“Donnavan will give us athleticism in the front line,” Haith said. “He’s a hard worker with a good skill set. It was a tremendous accomplishment for us to be able to go into Michigan and recruit him to play basketball for the University of Miami."

Miami has point guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno of South Kent Prep committed and is waiting to see if it will add highly-touted New York city guard Durand Scott, who is down to UM and UConn. Of course, the hot rumor now is Miami has a shot at landing the No. 1 recruit in the nation in the 2009 class, North Carolina's John Wall. But it looks like that won't be decided anytime soon.

> Last night I was at UM to film our weekly segment of Getting To Know The U with Mollie Rose. Haith doesn't like for the media to watch much of practice, but I was able to film some of the shoot-around -- including something I would have never believed: sophomore Eddie Rios dunking. Yes, I got it on film and will upload it in the next day or two. Our interview by the way is with guard James Dews, who we discovered is a big fan of chick flicks. His favorite? The Notebook.

> OK. Enough basketball. I'll provide you with my keys to the game in the next few hours. I just got to get this Heat notebook in before the start of the game at 7:30. Any predictions for tonight and why you think the Canes will win? Shoot 'em at me.


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Thanks for the hoops update Manny!



Here's my prediction

Miami 21
VT 20

We win on a missed field goal by VT.

Canes will win tonight by not quitting in the second half and avoiding stupid penalties. Baby J will be back. Let's light these Hokies up tonight! Remember the last Thurs night primetime game in Blacksburg (2005)? Meet the new BOSS, same as the old BOSS! Krip-crack CANES!

24 to 17 Miami. Marve the star on this one. (it is his turn.

When the lights are bright, we always beat VT. I'm glad this game has some meaning again, and I hope it's for a bigger prize in the future. But it should be fun tonight, and I think we have the right kids to get by them this year.

Of course, VT has never been a real national contender without a Vick under center, so maybe we'll just have to dominate this conference ourselves.


Big game tonight. If it's a shoot out, exciting game, back and forth, and W, then I think this game could be a program changer like the 1998 UCLA game was 10 years ago.

As for this hoops post -- HolySH, it's amazing what Haith is building. We got really lucky landing him. UM Hoops could be really freekin' good in a few years. I hope he doesn't jump ship to NBA or traditional basketball school.

Have a spread and over/under bet with my buddy and the line the other day was Miami -3.5 with the O/U at 42. It took VaTech in the spread with the over, but think will Miami will pull it out 23-20. Think the defense/special teams scores a TD and Marve rushes for a TD while Bosher goes 3-4 on FG's. Go Canes!

E11523, think Miami hoops is good now, but it sure looks like Miami could be in the beginnings of a strong basketball program with some consistency. Haith is the man! Landing either Wall or Scott would be gigantic.

manny, when is the ring ceremony? halftime or before the game. also good job on the bball updates keep em coming. how is dequan jones gunna fit into the system this year? ill take um 23-20

Manny when is Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno expected to sign or is there a problem with him?????

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