University of Miami

UM basketball lands transfer Miles Wilson

Miles Wilson (right) announced Thursday night that he is transferring to the University of Miami.
Miles Wilson (right) announced Thursday night that he is transferring to the University of Miami. AP

The University of Miami basketball team landed 6-5 combo guard Miles Wilson, a transfer from Mount St. Mary’s.

Wilson, a rising sophomore, had narrowed his top choices to Miami and Auburn, visited the UM campus on June 1, and Tweeted his decision Thursday night. A team source confirmed the transfer, though the paperwork isn’t expected to be completed until Friday.

Wilson started 24 of 35 games, and averaged 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. He grabbed national attention when he scored 22 points and seven rebounds against top-ranked Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the First Four win over New Orleans.

The Baltimore native would sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, and would have three years of eligibility remaining.

Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga said last month that he and his staff were looking for a transfer guard who could spend next year learning the system and then step in for the 2018-19 season in case Bruce Brown leaves for the NBA after his sophomore season. Lonnie Walker, a highly-touted 6-5 shooting guard from Reading, Pa., will be a freshman for the Canes this upcoming season, but could also bolt for the NBA next spring if he has a good year.

Miami has had success with transfer guards in the past. Shane Larkin (from DePaul), Angel Rodriguez (from Kansas State), and Sheldon McClellan (from Texas) led the Hurricanes to Sweet 16s.

Another player UM is pursuing is Jimmy Nichols, Jr., a 6-8 forward who will be a senior at Conway (S.C.) High in the fall.

In addition to Miami, Nichols is being recruited by Nebraska, Coastal Carolina, Old Dominion, College of Charleston, Rutgers, Rhode Island, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Hofstra, Murray State and Towson.

Nichols, Jr., averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season, and was named to the South Carolina 5A All-State team. His high school coach is Michael Hopkins, who previously was head coach at Coastal Carolina and an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Nichols, Jr., plays travel ball with Garner Road.

In other UM recruiting news, Immanuel Quickley, one of the most coveted high school point guards in the nation, narrowed his choices from seven to four last week, and Miami made the cut – along with Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland.

Other schools that had been on his list were Virginia, Duke and Providence.

Quickley is 6-3 and 175 lbs., and plays for John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Md. He is widely considered among the top point guards in the Class of 2018. He plays AAU ball for Baltimore’s Team BBC.

He scored 29 points and had nine assists in Team BBC’s 71-69 victory over Team Loaded of Virginia on Sunday in the finals of a Big Shots AAU tournament in Virginia. Quickley made eight threes.

Quickley recently was invited to USA Basketball Under 19 training camp, June 18-20 in Colorado Springs. The U19 team is training for the FIBA World Cup July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt.

Also, Devon Dotson, a 6-1 rising senior point guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., told That Kansas, Arizona, Miami and Florida are among his finalists. Other schools in the mix are North Carolina State, Creighton, Georgetown, Maryland Clemson, Wake Forest and Tennessee.