Miami basketball still a winner after NBA draft early entry deadline

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV /
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Lawrence can step out and shoot the three but is not a stretch four at only 6’7 210 pounds. He and Huell tied for the team lead with 31 blocked shots.

The backcourt will likely feature Johnson, Rising Sophomore Chris Lykes and Sophomore transfer Miles Wilson from Mt. Saint Mary’s. Wilson sat out this past season and will be eligible for 2018-19. He scored 22 of the Mount’s 56 points in a 20 point loss to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round in 2017.

Lykes had an excellent Freshman season. He basically took over the point guard duties after Brown was lost for the season and away from departed Senior Ja’Quan Newton. Lykes average 9.6 points per game and 2.3 assists. He was their second leading scorer in ACC games averaging 11.9 PPG and 3.1 APG.

Entering his Junior season, D.J. Vasiljevic gives the Hurricanes a deadly shooter off the bench. He improved his all-around game from his Freshman season. He is also adept at putting the ball on the floor and taking it to the rim.

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Losing two players early to the NBA Draft is new for the Miami Basketball program. Larranaga has tried to spin it into a positive saying that it shows he and his staff can produce NBA talent. A lot could be rising on the careers of Brown and Walker.