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The Next Step: Miami Hurricanes
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (8:43 PM CT, Thu March 24, 2016)
Bruce Brown will step into major minutes for the Hurricanes.
Bruce Brown will step into major minutes for the Hurricanes.
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Miami, FL (Future150) -- The Big Dance is finally here and while everyone would like to cut down the nets, there can only be one champion. That being said, there is always the chance that the next season could be better than the last. With that in mind, Future150 would like to introduce "The Next Step", a segment dedicated to breaking down each program's recruiting class as they bow out of the tournament; because theres' always next season.

The Canes made it to the sweet 16 riding off of big time performances from Angel Rodriguez. They couldn't keep the run going against Villanova. What's the next step for Miami? 

Miami only loses three players to graduation but all three will leave some pretty big holes to fill. With Angel Rodriguez you lose a true lead guard, with a great feel for the game. With Sheldon McClellan you lose an uber athletic two/three that can fill it up from all three levels. Finally with Tonye Jekiri you lose some major rebounding and interior defense. 

Don't worry Cane fans, help is on the way! Coach Larranaga has reeled in a four man recruiting class for 2016 that shouldn't dissapoint. 

Enter top 40 prospects Dewan Huell and Bruce Brown. Huell is a four man from Miami that can basically do it all for a post player. He has an extremely high motor which translates well to the glass. His footwork is squeaky clean and he is quite crafty for a big man. 

On the other hand you get SG Bruce Brown out of Wakefield, MA who is an uber athletic wing guard that can play some tough nosed defense and loves to finish above the rim. He should certainly help replace some of the production McClellan leaves behind. 

The other half of this class comes in the form of big man Rodney Miller and Australian SG Dejan Vasiljevic. Miller is a 7 footer that played at the legendary Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. His rebounding and helpside defense should help bandage some of the bleeding that Jekiri leaves behind. Vasiljevic isn't known too much since he is an international player. He has good size for a two guard at almost 6'5 and 180 pounds. Before committing to Miami, he also held offers from Albany, Lehigh, LSU, Saint Mary's, and Washington State. 

Expect this entire class to get a chance to see major minutes throughout the season as they pair up with top returners Davon Reed, Ja'Quan Newton, and Kamari Murphy. Miami may sneak around and be contenders in the ACC once again next season. 


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