Miami Hurricanes Basketball Details
Miami has become known as a giant-killer of late, as the 2016-17 season was the school’s third-straight in which they defeated two top-15 teams. The team finished with a conference record of 10-8 and an overall record of 21-12, with three of those wins coming against North Carolina, Duke, and Virginia. Much of this success can be credited to Head Coach Jim Larranaga, who is entering his seventh season with the ‘Canes. Coach Larrañaga has brought Miami three 25-win seasons, the only Miami coach in history to do so. In addition, for the second year in a row Coach Larrañaga has signed the top recruiting class.
Joining the Hurricanes for the 2017-2018 season are three ESPN Top 100 Players: guard Chris Lykes, guard Lonnie Walker and forward Deng Gak. Chris Lykes was ranked the number one player in the state of Maryland. He’s ranked no. 46 on ESPN Top 100 list and has been called a “do-it-all” point guard. His energy and speed will make him a key player for the Canes in the upcoming season. Lonnie Walker IV is a five-star recruit ranking no. 12 on the ESPN Top 100 list. He’s 6’5, is an excellent long-range shooter and averaged 18.4 points his senior year. He’ll be another great addition to the Hurricanes. Finally, Deng Gak will be joining the Hurricanes this season, a versatile player standing at 6’11” and ranking no. 92 on the Top 100 list. With his height and versatility, Gak should make an impact immediately, and help the Hurricanes as they seek their 10th NCAA Tournament bid.