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.
Adams 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.”
Kirk, 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.