Miami’s Durand Scott is Last Rice High Player Standing

When the NCAA Tournament began, Rice High School had four players representing the Harlem school that closed its doors for financial reasons in 2011.

Now there is just one.

Miami senior guard Durand Scott is the last Rice alum standing now that Cincinnati’s Jermaine Sanders, Kansas State’s Shane Southwell and VCU’s Melvin Johnson are all out.

“It’s only something you dream of, you don’t necessarily think you’re going to get this point but when you put in the work over the summer and the spring you think all that work would get you to this point,” Scott, a Bronx native, said Wednesday, one day ahead of Miami (29-6) meeting Marquette (25-8) in an East Regional semifinal in Washington, D.C. To read more of this story, click here

Larkin Says Miami Could Finish Unbeaten in ACC Despite Distractions

On the same night Miami received a notice of allegations from the NCAA, the Hurricanes fended off a pesky Virginia team, 54-50, to remain unbeaten in the ACC at 13-0.

And the way Shane Larkin sees it, there’s no reason the Hurricanes can’t remain undefeated through the remaining five games of the ACC schedule.

“It’s possible,” Larkin, who finished with 11 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in the win, told SNY.tv by phone.

“Anybody in our league could’ve been in our same position if they got a few different breaks. We have so many talented teams in the ACC, and every single night out it’s a battle. And every single night we’re gonna go out and play as hard as we can with energy and intensity. And if we do that every single night with the talent that we have and the experience and the coaching and the game plans we come up with, it’s possible that we go undefeated the rest of the way.” To read more of this story, click here

Larranaga Says ‘It’s Electric’ Around Miami Basketball

Miami has long been considered a football town.

The Hurricanes’ football program was a national power in the 1980s and the Dolphins have had their moments as well.

But now that the Heat are the reigning NBA champs and the Hurricanes are ranked No. 3 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, there’s a buzz surrounding coach Jim Larranaga’s program.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and James Jones sat courtside for a recent game, and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, the father of Miami guard Shane Larkin, is a regular presence. To read more of this story, click here

Davon Reed to Miami, Wants to Bring Friends With Him

Davon Reed, a 6-foot-5 wing out of The Princeton (N.J.) Day School, has pulled the trigger.

“After a very long process, I have decided to commit to the University of Miami!!!,” Reed Tweeted.

Reed chose Miami over Wake Forest and Xavier.

“I think he just believes in what Coach [Jim Larranaga] has going on down there,” Team Final coach Rob Brown told SNY.tv. “He kind of took over somebody else’s team and had success with it and they have five or six freshmen coming in with that class. Davon’s trying to bring some of his friends with him.”

Miami also hosts Josh Hart and Reggie Cameron for officials next week, and Austin Colbert is also considering Miami. To read more of this story, click here

Tonye Jekiri to Miami

Tonye Jekiri is headed to Miami.

The 6-foot-10 center from Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic and Team Breakdown chose the Hurricanes over Virginia Tech, Clemson and George Mason, a source with direct knowledge of the decision told SNY.tv.

Jekiri was not immediately available for comment.

He joins St. Benedict’s Prep shooting guard Melvin Johnson in Miami’s 2012 recruiting class.

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Johnson Commits to Hurricanes

Melvin Johnson decided to become a Hurricane.

The 6-3, 188-pound guard verbally pledged to Miami Sunday, choosing the Hurricanes over Georgetown and Dayton.

“I felt very comfortable and I’m a competitive player who can score and make other players better,” Johnson told Fivestarbasketball.com.

Johnson left Rice High School in Manhattan after the school closed last year, and is now part of a deep backcourt at St. Benedict’s in Newark, New Jersey, that includes junior point guard Tyler Ennis and freshman combo guard Isaiah Briscoe.

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Melvin Johnson Leaning Toward Miami

NEWARK, N.J. — Fresh off his weekend official visit to Miami, St. Benedict’s Prep shooting guard Melvin Johnson is leaning toward the Hurricanes.

“Melvin is down to three, Virginia Tech, Miami and South Florida,” St. Ben’s coach Mark Taylor told SNY.tv. “I’d say leaning toward Miami.”

Johnson said he enjoyed the visit, which included watching the football game against Ohio State.

“It was fun,” he said. “I watched the football game and then I went to go watch that fight [Mayweather-Ortiz].” To read more of this story, click here