With the early signing period set to begin Wednesday for sports other than football, the future will begin panning out for the Canes basketball and baseball teams. No name will be bigger to follow for Frank Haith's team than New York City two-guard Durand Scott.
The 6-4, 180-pound wing is rated the 41st-ranked player in the nation by Rivals.com and 27th best overall by Scout.com. And according to a published report Monday, Scott is now apparently down to choosing between the Hurricanes and the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies. UConn freshman Kemba Walker, Scott’s high school teammate, told the Journal-Inquirer.com he has been working on Scott to come to UConn. "I think it’s down to us and Miami," Walker said Sunday, "but he hasn’t told me which way he’s leaning. I really hope he wants to come here, but it’s his decision."
Scott, who apparently has trimmed Pittsburgh out of his final list, would be a huge get for the Canes. UM already has three oral commitments for its 2009 class and still has hopes (albeit slim) of landing the nation's No. 1 recruit, North Carolina point guard John Wall. But if Wall doesn't pick UM, Scott would be the headliner to a stellar class. With Jack McClinton and Lance Hurdle out the door after this season and second-leading scorer James Dews entering his junior season, the Canes are obviously in search of talented guards for the future. So far, it looks like that future is pretty bright.
The 2009 Point guard spot looks like it will become a battle between either Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno of South Kent Prep ('09 commitment), current sophomore Edwin Rios or Villanova transfer Malcolm Grant. The shooting guard position would then go to Dews, Scott or North Carolina's top public school player, 6-5, 180-pound 2009 commitment Garrius Adams (No. 20 SG by Scout.com). The wing would be manned by current freshman and 6-6, 200-pound slasher DeQuan Jones. That's a pretty sick team.
Look for some updates tomorrow on the recruiting front in basketball and baseball.