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Haith lands commitments for 2011, 2012

The Miami Hurricanes might not be done with their 2009 singing class yet, but that doesn't mean they're waiting to get started on 2010, 2011 or even 2012.

Frank Haith landed two 6-10 players Monday for the future. Monday afternoon, Frank Haith's team picked up two verbal commitments from players not only highly regarded, but who came to the U.S. recently from outside the country. They are: 6-10, 200-pound, Rwandan-born wingman Yvan Ngirabuakunzi (a 2011 commitment) and 6-10, 220-pound center Ismalia Dauda from Nigeria (a 2012 commitment).

Both phoned UM coaches to tell them they wanted to be a part of the Hurricanes future recently -- even if that future is several years away. Dauda, a freshman at Miami Choice Academy, is considered by some publications to be the best 15-year old freshman in the state of Florida. He hasn't even played for his high school team yet. According to his coach, former FIU and Miami High assistant Bernard Wright, UM coaches didn't need to see Dauda play to see what they liked. They only had to watch one practice.

"Coach [Jake] Morton came down here to see some of our upperclassmen. He saw Ismalia practice once and it didn't take Miami very long to offer," said Wright, who said Dauda also received an early offer from Arkansas. "[College] coaches aren't waiting anymore to jump on kids. They see the size, potential, they want to be in position to get a talent like him early. He went to the North Carolina game recently and came back and told me, Miami is where he wants to be."

Dauda played for the Nigerian Junior National team last year and plans to play for Global Elite, a Nike-sponsored summer travel team based out of Atlanta in the offseason. Wright said Dauda has an older brother who played professional basketball and lives in Fayetville, Arkansas. But he doesn't expect that to play a role in the recruiting. 

"He visited Arkansas unofficially in December," Wright said. "He came back saying it was way too cold for him. He wants to play and live in the warm weather. I'm pretty sure Miami is where he wants to be for the long haul."

Ngirabaukuzi, who arrived in the U.S. this past summer, has gotten a chance to play to high school basketball in the states at Piney Woods School in Mississippi. The former member of the Under-18 national team is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds this season and is a very good three-point shooter according to his coach Lemuel Jones. 


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Congratulations coach Haith. Keep up the good work and keep bring in the BALLERS. Hey Manny can we extend coach Haith. We need to lock him up to a lifetime contract.


John Wall and Brandon Knight??? Are they still in play?


It's Rwanda not Rawanda.

Nice job Haith!

Lets add a PG next.

I'm the 2011 Miami Hurricane Basketball Coach ...


Let's not go crazy over a couple of guys no one has ever heard of. I've actually seen Dauda play though. Other than being big, he's average in terms of skill. He has a hard time getting up the floor, but let's be real, 15 years old and from Africa and goes to Center of Life Academy, yeah right. Let's just say that Center of Life doesn't play by the same rules everyone else does.

Beyond the fact he's so big, he looks older than me and I am over 30. If people thought Eddie Rios looked old, all you need to do is take a look at this guy and judge for yourself. The last thing we need is another big man who has zero offensive game as well. We've had plenty of those over the past few years.

The other guy no clue. But let's relax and allow these guys to mature and see what happens because as easily as they have been offered, the offer can be pulled if they don't get any better.

shut up chomo, youre a cane hater

While it is true that no one knows about these guys, I think I prefer Frank Haith's talent evalutaions over your dumb@ss evaluations. What the hell do you know about anything, especially basketball?

is that big booty rudy on tha mike?

I guess that means no John Wall?

Could this announcement be any more "meh?"

Wow I'm getting goose bumps over a 15yr old. Then again maybe he'll be 8 ft tall in a few years. Hmm, Oden smells nice.

Speaking of, any Cane fans out there ever bought the Michael Jordan fragerance? How'd that smell? 2nd quarterish or Post game interview?

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