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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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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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
NEWARK, N.J. — Given the revelations about the Miami athletic department in recent weeks, some recruits opted to shy away from the Hurricanes.
DeMatha Catholic guard James Robinson, for one, removed Miami from his list of four because the school is being investigated by the NCAA for the relationship rogue booster Nevin Shapiro had with Miami football players. Robinson ultimately pledged to Pittsburgh.
But St. Benedict’s Prep guard Melvin Johnson is still considering Miami among his final four, and will take an official visit there this coming weekend for Saturday’s football game against Ohio State. To read more of this story, click here
UPDATE 5/3: After this was initially posted, Corey Edwards texted to say he spoke with an assistant coach at Miami, not directly with head coach Jim Larranaga. He said the assistant coach “asked me what do [you] think of Miami. He didn’t come out blatant and say would you come to Miami.”
He also said, “In June I am goin to George Mason.”
George Mason signee Corey Edwards said new Miami coach Jim Larranaga talked to him about following the coach to Miami and that he is considering it.
“The coach from George Mason is talking about me going over to Miami,” Edwards said Monday by phone. “I told him it could be a possibility.”
The news broke April 22 that Larranaga was leaving George Mason for Miami.
Edwards said Larranaga called him “a couple days after he took the job.” To read more of this story, click here
One day after saying he had no timetable to hire a new basketball coach, new Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst met Thursday with Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter, sources told SNY.tv.
The meeting likely took place in Wisconsin, not Miami, as my source originally indicated.
Jeter, 41, said Tuesday he had not been contacted about the job and had no comment.
But Jeter worked under Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan for 10 of his 11 years as an assistant coach, and Eichorst came to Miami from Wisconsin. To read more of this story, click here
As the Coaching Carousel spins on, Manhattan, Miami and UNLV are still seeking coaches. Here’s a brief rundown on where each school is at:
MANHATTAN: The school offered the job to LIU coach Jim Ferry, but the two sides could not agree on the financials. Sources said Ferry was seeking in the neighborhood of seven years at $350,000 per, and the school is willing to pay more like $175,000, plus about $200,000 for the staff.
The administration is now split between Rhode Island College coach Bob Walsh and Louisville assistant Steve Masiello, sources said. To read more of this story, click here
HOUSTON — Former Miami coach Frank Haith is the new coach at Missouri, according to multiple reports.
Haith, 45, replaces Mike Anderson, who departed last month to take the Arkansas job.
As of late Sunday night, Haith had not informed his staff of his decision to move to the Big 12 from the ACC.
Haith went 129-101 in seven seasons at Miami, 43-69 in the ACC. To read more of this story, click here
Lekan Ajayi, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound senior center from Quality Education Academy (N.C.), is setting his schedule of visits.
Ajayi said he’s recently added offers from Arizona, Miami and Virginia Tech to a list that previously included Loyola Marymount, Florida, Seton Hall, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Ajayi will take officials to LMU Feb. 14-16 and Florida Feb. 23-25.
He also plans to visit Seton Hall and Tennessee officially, and then decide between Arizona and Miami for his fifth, and final, official. To read more of this story, click here
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – When Mike Rice first got the Rutgers job he found an opening early in his non-conference schedule.
“Half of the BCS seemed to be on my desk of people wanting to play us,” Rice joked about his under-manned team that features nine scholarship players.
Even though he inherited a schedule that included Ivy League favorite Princeton and MAAC favorite Fairfield as the first two outings, Rice went ahead and picked Miami for the third game.
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It was a tough homecoming for New York guards Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant. Read about that here.