Quick 10 a.m. update: UM, searching for immediate help at defensive back, this weekend will host Adrian Colbert, who appeared in 38 games at Texas and would be eligible to play in 2016 because he's graduating from Texas in May.
Colbert made only four starts at Texas and lost his starting job to freshman Jason Hall in 2014. He appeared in 12 games as a reserve last season but wasn't credited with a single tackle. He has one career interception.
But even though Colbert wasn't an impact player for the Longhorns, UM is desperate for depth at both safety and cornerback. If he enrolls, he would have a chance to crack Miami's top four at safety, alongside Jamal Carter, Rayshawn Jenkins and Jaquan Johnson. Robert Knowles and three freshmen summer arrivals (Cedrick Wright, Jeff James and Romeo Finley) also will be competing for playing time.
Colbert, who has one year of eligibility remaining, was rated a four-star prospect and the fifth-best safety in the 2012 class by 247sports. Rivals thought slightly less of him as a Texas prep prospect, rating him a three-star prospect and the No. 24 safety.
"Let's see what the U is all about this weekend," Colbert tweeted, before retweeting several friends who are under the impression that he's going to be a Hurricane.
Last week, UM brought in JC receiver Dayall Harris, and he immediately joined the program. UM has been seeking veteran help at receiver, cornerback and safety because of shaky depth at each of those positions.
What a stirring night of hoops, between the Heat’s 101-93 overtime win against Indiana and No. 12 UM’s 64-61 win over No. 3 Virginia.
Some postscripts and reaction:
### Very encouraging to see Goran Dragic continue his excellent work (24, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) even with Dwyane Wade back in the lineup. Miami entered tonight having been outscored by one point this season when Wade and Dragic are in the game at the same time.
But Dragic was more assertive than he often is playing with Wade, just as he had been the past two games without Wade in the lineup. Dragic took 17 shots (making 10) and ran the offense on many possessions late in the game and overtime, though Wade still had the ball in his hands a lot.
“He looked like he had the most energy, so we put the ball in his hands,” Erik Spoelstra said of Dragic. “He was relentless. Looked like he was getting stronger as the game went on. Now he understands everyone on the team wants him to be [aggressive offensively].”
### Hassan Whiteside said he never worried what coming off the bench could do to his bargaining position this summer, and with the numbers he’s posting, he has no reason to be. He came close to another 20/20 game tonight, with 19 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks.
Whiteside has done and said all the right things since his ejection against the Spurs before the All-Star break. Besides his staggering stats, he also has set several solid screens.
“We’re going to keep pounding you in the paint,” he said on Sun Sports. “I’m happy adapting to whatever’s on the floor. We’re running the floor, getting in the paint.”
Whiteside became the fastest player in Heat history to reach 1000 rebounds.
“What we feel really encouraged about was he built on the last game," Spoelstra said. "I’m excited to see where he will be in this stretch run and the progress he will make. The team has confidence in him. He’s gaining confidence and trust with the team.”
### More filling the box score tonight from Justise Winslow (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 assists). Miami was plus 29 in his 40 minutes, which Spoelstra thought looked almost like a misprint.
“He’s wise beyond his years,” Spoelstra said. “This is a game for competitors. The real competitors will rise. That’s who he is. He made big plays on both ends. He was great, especially down the stretch.”
### Luol Deng shot errantly (5 for 18) but did a lot of things well, including 16 boards, and playing valiantly with two dislocations to the middle finger on his right hand. He said he will need to keep the fingers taped.
“Lu has been fantastic,” Erik Spoelstra said. “Last year, he was deferential. He’s become more active in his leadership this year. He’s filling in in a lot of different areas where we need it.”
### All of the above helped the Heat overcome the absence of Chris Bosh (no health update from Miami) and a 4-for-21 shooting night from Dwyane Wade, who had 16 points and five turnovers.
“He looked fine,” Spoelstra said. “He was obviously a little bit out of rhythm. His pull-up shots, he was off on those.” Spoelstra planned to play him 28 minutes but Wade was needed for 39.
### The Heat crushed Indiana on the boards, 66-45…. Miami (32-24) moved percentage points ahead of Boston for third in the East.
### Spoelstra: “We put Heat-Pacers on the board and said expect this to be much different from what we had the past couple of games.... It was rough at the beginning, but our guys stayed the course.”
### Pacers coach Frank Vogel on the Heat: “They’re not shooting threes [2 for 13 tonight]; they’re cutting, driving and crashing.”
### UM (22-5, 11-4) remains very much in play for a top three NCAA Tournament seed with this signature win against Virginia. Miami closed to within 1/2 game of ACC leader North Carolina.
### Davon Reed’s 21 points and five threes were a career high, and that, Miami’s grit and excellent work on defense allowed the Canes to overcome 3 for 10 shooting nights from both Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan. Reed topped 20 despite taking only eight shots.
“Davon was sensational,” Jim Larranaga said. “Davon is such a great leader, mentally tough, very intelligent and he’s very skilled. What I liked so much about his game tonight is he looked very much calm."
### Don’t underestimate the rebounding, defense and physicality that Kamari Murphy has given this team, alongside Tonye Jekiri. He had 11 boards tonight.
### Fifty three hours after needing to be helped off with a painful bone bruise to his shin, Ja’Quan Newton gave UM his usual lift off the bench (six points, two assists).
### McClellan: “It was definitely an impressive win for us. The way we lost to Carolina, we felt kind of embarrassed, and we wanted to come back and respond the way we did tonight.”
### Larranaga: “I told the team every one gets knocked down. We got knocked down on Saturday. It’s how you respond to it. Our players showed what kind of winners they are by bouncing back. I thought Saturday [against UNC] our team looked anxious. Tonight we were very calm. We shared the ball.”
### Miami is 14-1 at home and 4-2 overall against ranked opponents…. Louisville visits Saturday, before UM closes ACC play at Notre Dame and at Virginia Tech.
Every time an NFL team signs a defensive end from the CFL, everyone always wonders if he will become the next Cam Wake.
Which brings us to Cleyon Laing, a rising talent with the Toronto Argonauts. Though nothing has been signed, he has agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract with the Dolphins, a source said Monday, following reports in Canada.
Laing isn’t as heralded a prospect as Wake was coming out of the CFL, but the Dolphins are intrigued.
Laing had five NFL offers, including ones from the Jets and Patriots.
But the Dolphins were the most persistent, and the defensive coaching staff sent word that he would benefit learning from Wake and Ndamukong Suh, which carried weight with Laing.
Laing, 6-3 and 280 pounds, also felt well-suited to Miami’s 4-3 defense, where he can play end or tackle if he makes the team (and we're obviously a long way from him making the team).
He had 41 tackles, nine sacks and two formed fumbles for Toronto last season. His agent, Jonothan Hardaway arranged workouts for him with seven teams, including the Dolphins.
An Edmonton native, he had 3.5 sacks in four seasons of a nondescript college career at Iowa State. He has 15 sacks in 35 career CFL games.
### Dolphins center Mike Pouncey told The Finsiders today that he was impressed by new coach Adam Gase: “Really like him a lot. Young, very active coach. First time I talked to him, he was so easy to have a conversation with, very outgoing. You can see he’s a great coach. With him, I see us doing a lot of great things.”
Pouncey, on some other players: “We’re all thinking [Ryan] Tannehill is going to do really well in this offense. I hope Lamar [Miller] signs back with us. [Olivier] Vernon is going to cost our team a lot of money. Hopefully we can retain him.”