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Highly-touted D.C. recruits have UM on their short lists

University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga is using his deep ties to the Washington, D.C. area to attract highly-touted recruits.
University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga is using his deep ties to the Washington, D.C. area to attract highly-touted recruits. MIAMI HERALD

Jim Larrañaga’s deep ties to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area seem to be paying off for the University of Miami basketball program.

The Hurricanes signed highly-touted D.C. point guard Chris Lykes for the incoming freshman class, and a few other big-time recruits have Miami on their list, according to a recent Washington Post story. Larrañaga and his associate head coach Chris Caputo spent many years at George Mason University, and UM assistant Jamal Brunt is a Baltimore native.

Jermaine Harris, a 6-9 forward and 2018 prospect from Rock Creek Christian Academy, has narrowed his list to eight, and UM made the cut, along with Kansas, Maryland, Xavier, West Virginia, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Southern Utah, which was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

Saddiq Bey, a 6-7 forward from Sidwell Friends, was offered a scholarship by Miami in May and took an unofficial visit there in the spring, according to the Post. Bey is also being wooed by Notre Dame, Georgetown, Florida, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Bey and Harris are teammates on D.C. Premier’s 17U AAU team.

West Potomac’s 6-11 Jonas Munson (Class of 2019) is expected to visit Miami in the near future, West Potomac Coach told The Post. Also, Miami and Virginia have extended offers to 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach (Paul VI High).

“I like Coach Larrañaga’s history of developing guys and what I know of his relationships with his players,” said Rock Creek Christian Coach Chris Cole. “It feels like their staff genuinely cares about their guys.”

The highest-ranked 2018 recruit with UM on his short list is Baltimore-area point guard Immanuel Quickley, who is rated No. 15 on the ESPN 100 and No. 10 on Scout.com. He has narrowed his list to four schools – Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Miami. He has planned visits at Kansas Sept. 2, UM Sept. 9 and Kentucky Sept. 16.

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