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.

“I’d say it’s electric,” Larranaga told SportsCenter Tuesday. “When we played Duke, the students camped out overnight for the first time in school’s history. We’ve had three sellouts in our last four home games. There’s a lot of excitement in Miami, both for the Hurricanes and the Heat.

“Having LeBron and D-Wade and James Jones come to our game gives us a lot of credibility with our recruits. So we’re headed in the right direction here in Miami. It’s a great academic institution so anybody that wants to get a great education and play in the best basketball league in the country in the ACC, this is the place to come.”

As far as recruiting, this success can only help.

Larranaga confirmed that prospects text him at 1 o’clock in the morning and that an eighth-grader texted “one of my coaches.”

“My wife says to me, ‘Who’s texting you at 1 o’clock in the morning?’ and it’ll be one of our prospects who watched the game and wants to text,” he said.

Led by former Rice High School star Durand Scott and his team-best 14 points per game, the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 ACC) have won 11 straight and remain unbeaten in the ACC.

Still, Larranaga said his team is working on improving its offensive rebounding by utilizing bigs Kenny Kadji, Reggie Johnson, Julian Gamble and Tonye Jekiri.

“So we want those guys to really spend a lot of time carving out space,” he said, “and getting us a some second shots because the teams in the ACC are all terrific defensively.”

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34 comments
harold
harold

on NFL Network Marshall just said the Jets run defense is not as good as advertised because teams chose to throw on the Jets rather than run ignoring the fact that we actually had the number one defense against when you consider yards per carry

a57se
a57se

MJD is basically the same age as Chris Johnson...I wouldn't overlook him. 

That said, I have complete confidence in our front 7 to minimize the Raiders running game.

Derek Carr is not going to win this game by himself so feeling real good about our chances!

boomer
boomer

Good luck Jets fans.  Talk to you after the game.

boomer
boomer

Ah, new season smell.


Heidi is going down, we will never forget!

jsadolph
jsadolph

I want to see Chris Ivory run all over these guys today and wear these old guys out and CJ can come in late and rip of a couple long ones in the 2nd half.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

Is James Jones the Raiders best WR? He sure doesn't seem like a #1 WR...

j_spikett
j_spikett

allen is a perfect example of why you DONT throw away draft picks by drafting a boyd and a reilly in the late rounds. every single pick counts. there are hundreds of pro football players today that came into this league as free agents or late round draft picks. also why its vital to retain and collect as many draft picks as you can. perfect empale look at the patriots. EVEY year they have the most picks. either by trading down or compensatory picks. its no coincidence that bellichick was a loser with the cleveland browns when he was just a coach and now a winner when he is the GM/coach. he employs this tactic of accumulating as many draft picks as possible and eschew these high priced free agents and veterans on his own team. in such a violent sport where injuries are so commonplace and depth is vital one or two players are not game changers its the total quantity of players thats important. other teams might be very wise to copy this tactic.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

IS IT FREAKIN' KICKOFF YET?!!!!


J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!


WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

@a57se The difference is that MJD has an injury history, whilst CJ has yet to miss a game in his career. 

a57se
a57se

@hitchhiker 

He catches everything thrown his way but playing for GB, he was not the primary target...

Bent
Bent moderator

@j_spikett Why is drafting Reilly "throwing away a pick"?


He seems a pretty promising player.

Bent
Bent moderator

@r_in_ct


Well it is 1:30pm here, so I guess they kicked off half an hour ago.  Better tune in, I guess!

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@jetsjerk @a57se Met Life needs to become a big home field for us.  I keep hearing pundits and fans whine about how tough our schedule is, it needs to be the other way around.  Those teams need to feel like "damn, we got the Jets on a schedule that's gonna be a tough game to win, especially in that building"

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @hitchhiker Where's Mark Schlereth to tell us he's only a fourth option etc etc etc.


(I know he's earning less than Decker but his role is almost as important to his team).

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

@Brendan @hitchhiker Yeah, but they got a good running game, like us.  And, they got a few average WR's, like us.  But Decker could be the deciding factor!

Bent
Bent moderator

@j_spikett @Bent 


I'll spot you Will Campbell and maybe you have a point, but then again the fact we've mentioned several late round picks many of whom still have potential to contribute dampens that point down to nothing.


The late rounds are hit and miss and the Jets have had hits and misses.  You can't isolate the misses then use the hits as a reason those misses were costly.

Bent
Bent moderator

@j_spikett @Bent


Two more promising players whose rights the Jets retained that didn't make the 53 because (a) they both got hurt and (b) it's a deep 53.

boomer
boomer

@Bent @j_spikett Drafting period is often a crap shoot. The back up tackle for the Packers who took over when Bulaga went down last week is a former 1st round pick.  He looks bad.


Life is a box of chocolates.

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

@boomer @Bent @j_spikett All of the guys we kept have promise and the 2 we cut have been signed to PS on other teams.  So, Idzik did a pretty damn good job in this draft (which, assimilates your tactic).  Overall, you could argue that trading in some picks could have yielded a greater player, maybe, but whose to say that guy wouldn't get hurt, or that guy would pan out beeter than 2 or 3 others?  I think the Jets are in the correct building mode and that there is power in numbers, but expect that some of those picks will not pan out, it's just the nature of the numbers game.

Bent
Bent moderator

@boomer @Bent @j_spikett It shows how difficult late round pick evaluation is that j_spikett struggles to do it accurately for players who have already been in the league for a while.  Teams have to do it before then.

levi
levi

@Bent  I never was good in science.