Miami had a tough, injury plagued season last year but no one has ever doubted Jim Larranaga’s ability to identify talented players and convince them to join his program.
Lonnie Walker, Bruce Brown, Davon Reed, Shane Larkin, Chris Lykes and most recently Isaiah Wong have all done well at Miami and beyond.
Larranaga developed a knack at George Mason of identifying guys who for various reasons were discounted by major programs but still very promising players and this has served him well at Miami too (that he also develops his players well is important too).
This week, Miami picked up two players who both fit the Miami mold and who are both promising: 6-7 Danilo Jovanovich out of Milwaukee and 6-8 AJ Casey from Chicago.
Christian Watson had previously committed to the ‘Canes in September.
Jovanovich is said to be solid but not spectacular offensively and has shown potential as a defender where Casey may be a real steal.
He’s probably better currently than Jovanovich and more athletic. He’s seen as a four-star but has a lot of potential as noted above, Larranaga players tend to improve.
As for Watson, Miami seems to have taken him away from Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. Even in down years Georgetown has immense appeal to local kids so that’s a good get for the ‘Canes.
He’s 6-6 and highly athletic. He’s also a willing defender. Miami still needs some bigs but Larranaga is putting the pieces of a very promising team in place.