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University of Miami passed over by two top recruits, including son of Canes ex-star

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Miami head coach Jim Larranaga busts some moves in the locker room with his team after beating No. 18 Virginia on Monday.
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Miami head coach Jim Larranaga busts some moves in the locker room with his team after beating No. 18 Virginia on Monday.

The University of Miami basketball team was hoping for some Thanksgiving recruiting treats, but didn’t get them. Five-star recruit C.J. Walker of Orlando Oak Ridge High announced on Wednesday that he chose the University of Oregon over UM and Louisiana State.

Later Wednesday night, 6-10 Vernon Carey, Jr., son of the former UM football and Dolphins player and the No. 2 recruit in the nation, dropped the Hurricanes and Kentucky from his short list. His final three: Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State. Carey had visited all five schools in recent months, and announced his updated list on Twitter.

Walker, a 6-8 power forward, is rated the 19th-best recruit in the nation by ESPN and the fifth-best player at his position. He received more than 30 offers, and Florida and Arizona were in his top five before he narrowed the list.

Walker visited the Miami campus on Sept. 8, Oregon on Sept. 21 and LSU on Oct. 19. He spoke highly of the Hurricanes program after his visit.

“The past couple of years [UM] has been getting their wings to the league, that’s what I really like,” Walker told 247Sports earlier this fall. “They want me to play like Lonnie Walker and like those guys. I could see myself being like him.”

Known for his defense and dunks, Walker raised his stock during the AAU circuit last summer when he showed he could also be a big scorer. He played for the Each1Teach1 team, coached by Oak Ridge coach Steve Reece.

Walker transferred to 9A state champion Oak Ridge for his senior season after spending two years at 3A champion Orlando Christian Prep and his freshman season at Seminole High in Sanford, his hometown. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and moved to the Orlando area at age 12.

The 2019 UM class includes Monsignor Bonner (Pennsylvania) guard Isaiah Wong and Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy forward Anthony Walker.

Wong, 6-3, is a four-star recruit ranked 78 nationally by ESPN and Walker, 6-foot-9, is a four-star prospect ranked 76 by Rivals. Wong chose UM over Villanova, UConn, Clemson and Pittsburgh. Walker picked Miami over Pittsburgh, Illinois and Boston College. They signed on Nov. 14.

“We are excited to welcome Anthony and Isaiah into the Miami basketball family,” head coach Jim Larranaga said in a statement. “They both are young men of great character who fit our culture perfectly and give us versatility on both sides of the ball. We are looking forward to them joining our program and putting on a Miami uniform.”

The Hurricanes (3-0) are in Fullerton, California, for the Wooden Legacy tournament. They play LaSalle (0-4) on Thanksgiving Day at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and broadcast on WQAM-560 AM. Miami will play three games over the weekend. They face Northwestern (3-0) or Fresno State (1-1) on Friday. On Sunday, they play one of four teams on the other side of the bracket: Grand Canyon (3-1), Hawaii (3-1), Seton Hall (1-2) or Utah (3-0).

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