The Miami Hurricanes’ men’s basketball team will now have three former Big 12 players on its roster.
Point guard Angel Rodriguez, formerly of Kansas State, and shooting guard Sheldon McClellan (Texas) have been on Miami’s campus for the past year and will be eligible to play this season.
Kamari Murphy, a 6-9, 220-pound forward from Oklahoma State, signed with Miami last week and will be eligible to play in the 2015-16 season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
A three-star recruit out of New York City, Murphy started 15 games as an OSU freshman, averaging 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds.
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As a sophomore, Murphy started 21 games, averaging 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds.
The Panthers have been hit hard by the recent MLB Draft as three of their players signed pro contracts. The signees are: right-handerMike Franco
, a seventh-round pick of the Rays; left-handerMike Gomez
, a 13th-rounder of the White Sox; and outfielderLouis Silverio
, a 33rd-rounder of the White Sox.
Also signing was South Dade High right-hander Erik Manoah, an FIU recruit and a 13th-round pick of the Mets.
Five Canes taken in the recent draft have already signed: left-handerChris Diaz
, taken in the fifth round, signed with the Braves for $285,500; left-handerBryan Radziewski
, taken in the ninth round, signed with the Astros; right-handerJavi Salas
, picked in the 10th round, signed with the Brewers; outfielderTyler Palmer
, picked in the 21st round, signed with the Angels; and second basemanAlex Hernandez
, picked in the 40th round, signed with the Astros.
Expected to sign soon is center fielder Dale Carey (seventh round, Nationals).
Sharks coach Greg Brown will travel to Cary, North Carolina, next week to manage one of the six teams in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars. Last year, Brown was the pitching coach in a tournament that brings together some of the best baseball talent in the nation. In this year’s first round of the MLB Draft, there were 16 alums of the USA Baseball program.