Miami basketball injury woes continue losing C Rodney Miller for season

Dec 4, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The injury woes continued for the Miami basketball team on Sunday with the announcement that 7’0 senior center Rodney Miller is out for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The Miami basketball team will be down another big man for the remainder of the season. Seven-foot senior center Rodney Miller who started 28 of the 30 Hurricanes games in 2019-20 is out for the season with a right knee injury according to the official Miami basketball Twitter account.

Redshirt senior forward Sam Waardenburg was lost in October with a left foot injury for the entire 2020-21 season. Miami is down to starters redshirt senior center Nysier Brooks and freshman stretch four Matt Cross and redshirt 6’11 sophomore reserve Deng Gak in the post for the remainder of the season.

Miller had not played much this season. In five games, Miller scored two points with two rebounds and two steals playing 24 minutes. Brooks, Cross and Gak all passed Miller in the Miami rotation. Losing Miller is still a significant blow to the Miami depth. Miami is down to 10 scholarship players.

This is the third season in a row the Miami basketball program will be short of the 13 scholarships allowed to Division I, basketball teams. Freshman forward Earl Timberlake will likely see a significant amount of time on the frontline at 6’6 215 pounds. Timberlake looked good with 12 points and five rebounds in his debut.

Miami has started the 2020-21 season 4-2. The Hurricanes play at Virginia Tech on Tuesday as they begin their stretch of the final 19 games in the season all in the ACC. Miami lost their ACC opener to Pittsburgh earlier this month. The Hurricanes return home to host Clemson Saturday and North Carolina next week.

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Miami has good depth on the perimeter with senior guards Chris Lykes and Kameron McGusty, sophomore guard Isaiah Wong and Harlond Beverly and senior wing Elijah Olaniyi. Jim Larranaga will likely use three guards throughout the season he has had to do frequently over the last three seasons.