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2018 Summer Hoops Refresh - Miami

Posted on August 21, 2018, in The ACC by StLouHoo.

Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2018 Summer Hoops Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Miami Hurricanes

The 2017-18 season felt like a failure to launch in many ways for the Hurricanes, with Bruce Brown struggling with injuries, one-and-done Lonnie Walker looking like a freshman far too often, and the dark clouds of the FBI on the periphery. Despite all of that, they snagged the ACC's #3 seed, but promptly lost their openers both in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. This year's team lacks star power, and instead will rely on a trio of transfers to try and improve on last year.

Coach: Name; 631-413 in 34 seasons overall, 161-79 (75-49) in 7 seasons at Miami.

2017-18 Record: Last season: 22-10 (11-7); ACCT Quarterfinals (3 seed); NCAAT 1st Round (6 seed, lost to Loyola)

2017-18 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 112.9 (53 of 351)

DRtg: 97.4 (48 of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 108.2 (4 of 15)

DRtg: 107.4 (10 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

PG Ja'Quan Newton (Grad)

SG Bruce Brown (Pro)

G/F Lonnie Walker (Pro)

18 G, 24 mpg, 7 ppg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 topg, 27% 3p%

8 G, 34 mpg, 12 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.8 topg, 25% 3p%

18 G, 32 mpg, 14 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 47 2p%, 36% 3p%

Key Returnees:

PG Chris Lykes (So)

G Dejan Vasiljevic (Jr)

F Anthony Lawrence Jr. (Sr)

PF Sam Waardenburg (RS So)

C Dewan Hernandez (Huell) (Jr)

C Ebuka Izundu (Sr)

C Rodney Miller (Jr)

18 G, 25 mpg, 12 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.2 topg, 33% 3p%

18 G, 21 mpg, 8 ppg, 0.4 apg, 0.6 topg, 40% 3p%

18 G, 32 mpg, 10 ppg, 7 rpg, 47 2p%, 41% 3p%

13 G, 17 mpg, 4 ppg, 3 rpg, 0.4 blkpg, 46% fg%

18 G, 27 mpg, 10 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.7 blkpg, 52% fg%

18 G, 14 mpg, 5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.4 blkpg, 73% fg%

7 G, 3 mpg,  Not a significant contributor

Key Additions:

PG Zach Johnson (RS Sr Grad Transfer)

 

G/F Anthony Mack (RS Fr Transfer)

C Deng Gak (RS Fr)

14 G, 33 mpg, 17 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 topg, 38% 3p%

    Last year at FGCU

No games played as a freshman at Wyoming

 

*Statistics based on ACC play. Projected starters in bold

 

2017/18 ACC Opponents:

Home & Away:Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest 
Home Only:Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt 
Away Only:Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia 

 

Outlook:

The returning veterans are okay but lack star power. Dewan Hernandez (née Huell) is probably their best player, but seemed poorly utilized last year by his NBA-focused guards; Miami should be thrilled to have him back after he tested the NBA waters. Anthony Lawrence is actually very under the radar as a combo-forward with a 41% 3-point shot. As a 4/5 pairing in a small ball lineup (which I'm predicting Miami to primarily use this year, despite the plethora of true big men), they're a plus starting front court, and have a nice duo backing them up in the bruising Izundu and stretch-4 Waardenburg. As such, Miami's potential is going to be purely governed by the play of it's backcourt, which is full of question marks. The 5'7" Lykes was productive but inconsistent as a freshmen, and needs to see his 3P shooting improve drastically. Vasiljevic is a gunner but one-dimensional (86 3PA vs 39 2PA in ACC play). Neither is imposing defensively. Miami will need both of their transfers to step up to the level of ACC play, both coming from smaller schools in FGCU and Wyoming. You can understand our concern at the moment, especially when the ACC is especially deep and strong this year. The NCAAT is certainly a realistic possibility if the backcourt can reasonably gel, but if it doesn't, a difficult ACC slate (the H+A with Wake their schedule's only gift) could have them sitting in the bottom half of the conference come March.

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