Miami Hurricanes News: Hoops at Duke, McClain timeline, transfer updates

Jan 16, 2023; Coral Gables, Florida, USA Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 16, 2023; Coral Gables, Florida, USA Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team plays at Duke on Saturday attempting to earn a key quad-one victory. Miami enters the game 15-3 overall and 6-2 in a four-way tie for second in the ACC. Cormani McClain flipping to Colorado on Thursday ended the long saga in his Miami recruitment and there are transfer updates.

Miami has been trending up recently in the NCAA Tournament projections. The Miami Hurricanes are close to earning a top-four regional seed. Miami begins a three-game road trip with the game at Duke followed by Florida State on Tuesday and Pittsburgh on January 28. Miami plays six of its final nine games at home.

Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports wrote aboutThe 20 biggest twists and turns of Cormani McClain’s roller-coaster recruitment.” Ivins highlighted the ascension McClain had as a prospect, the early programs he was interested in, where Miami came in, the commitment to the Hurricanes and the eventual flip to Colorado.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald quoted Hurricanes’ basketball coach Jim Larranaga discussing the success they have had adding transfers during his tenure in Coral Gables. Miami is currently starting three transfers with Jordan Miller added in 2021 and Norchad Omier and Nijel Pack during the 2022 offseason.

Larranaga explained the process he and his staff do to evaluate prospects in the transfer portal. Miami narrows them down and then Larranaga evaluates a short list of which transfer the Hurricanes will target. The Miami basketball program has been far more consistent with success from transfers than the football team.

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Jackson also highlighted what the Miami cornerback depth chart will look like in 2023 and the potential of adding someone through the transfer portal after the McClain flip. As other outlets have reported earlier this month Jaheim Singletary from Georgia and Terry Roberts of Iowa are potential transfer CBs Miami could add.