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Miami Hurricanes – #4 ACC college basketball power rankings

Published on January 1, 2013 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

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Coach: Jim Larranaga (1 season at Miami 20-13), Overall 490-347, 28 seasons

2011-12: Record 20-13 overall, 9-7 in ACC (Tie 4th)

Starters Returning (4) Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, Reggie Johnson, Kenny Kadji

Preseason Tournament: Diamond Head Classic

Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Michigan State, at UMass

Sat Out: Bishop Daniels (redshirt)

Last year was a very interesting year for 1st year head coach Jim Larranaga to say the least. He had to deal with 3 major injuries and 2 suspensions. Still though his team was 9-7 in the ACC and just missed out on an NCAA tournament berth. Since joining the ACC the Canes have only been to one NCAA tournament look for that number to change with 7 out of the 8 top returning scores returning from last season.

Leading the way for the Hurricanes is guard Durand Scott (12.9 ppg). He can do a little bit of everything but he excels at attacking the rim. Scott finished averaging 5.4 rpg not bad for a guard. One area he needs to improve on is his three points shooting. Joining him in the backcourt is Shane Larkin (7.4 ppg). He is coming off an excellent freshman season. He was fifth in the ACC in steals. He has great athletic ability but he needs to do a better job of running the team. Battling for the starting job at the 3 spot will be Rion Brown(7.2 ppg) and Trey McKinney Jones (7 ppg). Both players are really good shooters and both have starting experience. The Hurricanes also have 2 excellent players that are providing depth in Bishop Daniels and Garrius Adams (4.5 ppg). Both players are returning from injuries.

Just like the frontcourt the Hurricanes are loaded. Leading the way is Reggie Johnson(10 ppg); he was slowed last season by a knee injury but expected him to bounce back. He should average a double double again this season if healthy. He is a great rebounder thanks to his size and he has good touch around the basket. Joining him in the frontcourt is Kenny Kadji (11.7 ppg). He can score inside the paint and shoot the three. Kadji can also is a tough defender especially blocking shots. The top option off the bench will be Julian Gamble (3. 9ppg), who was granted a 6th year due to an injury last season. Also providing depth here will be Raphael Akpejiori (1.6 ppg), Erik Swoope (2.3 ppg) and freshman Tonye Jekiri.

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