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Canes are Durand Scott's team now

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Frank Haith hasn't come out and said it yet (I'm not sure he ever will considering he never did it for Jack McClinton). But the University of Miami basketball team you will see on the floor this afternoon in the ACC Tournament (and over the next couple seasons) belongs to a new leader: freshman Durand Scott.

Durand ScottIt wasn't supposed to happen this quickly. Dwayne Collins, James Dews and Malcolm Grant were supposed to be the leaders of this team this time of year. But it's clear the future is now. Scott, the first UM player named to the ACC All-Rookie Team, has been given the green light to take over the team the last month. 

He's responded with 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 six assists over the Canes' last five games. It's not by accident that the team has looked better because of it, coming close to beating Florida State and nearly rallying UM from an 18-point deficit at North Carolina with 16 of his season-high 29 points in the second half. 

"There's no question Durand Scott is a guy players across the country are looking saying man, I'd like to play with him," Haith said last week. 

"He's a guy I think can attract other great players because he's a selfless player, but also a very good player. He's the kind of guy that will do whatever he has to do to win. When you look at his play and some of our other young guys, you got to feel like the future is bright. To go on that stage at North Carolina and put up the type of game he had at North Carolina, for that matter the game he had against Duke, you don't see many freshmen do that. That tells you right there he has a chance to be a special player."

A special player and perhaps the only big chip UM has left at the moment. If the Canes are going to win any more games this season and have a shot at the NIT (UM might have to win two games here to even be considered), it's clear Scott is going to have to lead them there.

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Plain and simple you need more than one kid to count on for points and just like McClinton last year, you have really only Scott this year. Miami needs depth on this team. Haith is a good coach but Miami is not really a basketball school and no matter who the coach is I don't think they can win consistantly and that's the key word. They can rise up every now and then and upset someone at home and beat teams with the same talent level as them but to beat the Carolinas & Dukes of the world they need more talent and depth of scoring.

The Canes do have some young talent but the big question will be if Haith can develop these kids and turn them into big time ACC players.

Durant Scott has the makings of a super star. A 6'5" PG he will cause major match up problems and if he works and adds a jumper with some range he's a 20 point a night guy.

Reggie Johnson is getting better and better and if he continues to get into shape and lose a few more pounds he should be a double-double machine for the next three years.

Malcolm Grant has been a huge disappointment but I'll cut him some slack since he had to sit out a year after transferring. He definitely needs to get in the gym and work on his shot and his selfishness.

I'm still not sold on Haith. The offense at times looks lost, especially if they get any sort of a lead and I've never seen a team have 4-6 shot clock violations a game. He just so often seems like a deer in the headlights on the sidelines and I haven't seen him really develop these kids at all recently.

I'm also not a fan of running 10 guys in and out every game. Get a 7 or 8 players rotation and give them the minutes. Select a couple go to guys, add some hard workers, find some continuity with a smaller rotation and bust ass on the defensive end and there is hope for this youngsters.

If Haith can't do anything in the next couple years with this group of kids then it's time to go. I'm talking a top 4 ACC team within two years, a much better non-conference schedule instead of cupcake city, and a run in the tourney or find somebody that can do those things.

And lastly, find a way to get those lazy students to the game. It's a beautiful on campus arena and there is no reason that place shouldn't be full every single game giving them a legitimate home court advantage.

Put up or shut up time for Haith and Shannon. Let's get it done boys.

thanks Manny!

VMD hey you love to critizie with the best of them. Here's what I would like you to do. Instead of waisting all your free time at the local bar, spending money you probably do not have. I want you to go to your local boys and girls club and volunteer to coach. It can be football, baseball, or basketball. YOU TALK like you know just how to do it. So show us. Let us know when you do this. we'll come and watch your coaching ability then WE CAN GET ON YOUR STUPID BUTT and comment on your ability to coach. I have always hated arm chair coaches and for over a year now we have had to waist our time reading your worthless comments. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT THE MIAMI TEAMS, PLAYERS, OR COACHES say nothing. Remember even a large mouth bass would never get caught if he'd jusst keep his big mouth shut. I recomend you learn this and use it often.

Wayne i recommend you go to night school and learn basic spelling.

@Wayne

This is America he can say whatever he wants. Miami needs all the help they get. Haith is garbage.

You need more than one kid to count on for points and just like McClinton last year, you have really only Scott this year. Miami needs depth on this team. Haith is a good coach but Miami is not really a basketball school and no matter who the coach is I don't think they can win consistantly and that's the key word. They can rise up every now and then and upset someone at home and beat teams with the same talent level as them but to beat the Carolinas & Dukes of the world they need more talent and depth of scoring.

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