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Highly touted basketball recruit chooses University of Miami over Michigan State

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The 2019-20 college basketball season is more than six months away, but the University of Miami Hurricanes already notched a significant victory.

Harlond Beverly, a 6-4 four-star combo guard from Montverde Academy near Orlando, announced on Twitter that he is “100 percent Committed!” to UM. The school announced Wednesday that he officially signed. He chose Miami over an impressive list of schools, including NCAA Tournament semifinalist Michigan State, which was expected to have an edge because Beverly is a native of Detroit suburb Farmington Hills and spent most of his life there.

Other schools that were interested in Beverly included Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Baylor and Indiana. He is rated the 82nd-best recruit overall in the Class of 2019 by 247 Sports and is ranked No. 11 among combo guards and No. 12 among all Florida high school recruits.

“We are excited to welcome Harlond Beverly to the Hurricane family,” UM coach Jim Larranaga said. “He is a multi-dimensional guard with great athleticism and is one of the most rapidly improving players in his class after a great senior year for head coach Kevin Boyle and assistant coach Rae Miller at the prestigious Montverde Academy. He also played for a very good AAU basketball program, the REACH Legends in Michigan, where he was coached by Marcus Webster and Mike Allie. He comes from a great family...and is familiar with the state of Florida. We are thrilled to ad such a dynamic player to our program.”

Beverly transferred from Southfield (Mich.) Christian to Montverde for his senior season. Soutfield won the state title his junior year, and he had 23 points, eight rebounds, eight steals, six blocks and four assists in the final game. He led Montverde to a 22-3 record and a semifinal berth in the GEICO High School Nationals. He scored 23 points in the semifinal game.

The Canes return six scholarship players — Chris Lykes, DJ Vasiljevic, Rodney Miller, Deng Gak, Sam Waardenburg, and Kam McGusty, an Oklahoma transfer who sat out last season. Incoming freshmen Isaiah Wong and Anthony Walker committed in the early signing period.

Larranaga said, ideally, he’d like to carry a 12-man roster with three players in each class. As it stands now, including Beverly, UM would have one senior, four juniors, one sophomore and three freshmen.

“It would be nice to get a couple of fifth-year seniors and one or two high school kids,” Larranaga said Monday.

Another intriguing high school prospect is 6-10 four-star forward Tristan Enaruna, a native of the Netherlands who moved to Wasatch Academy in Utah his junior year and has narrowed his list to UM, Kansas and Creighton. He is scheduled to visit Miami on April 24, Creighton on April 26 and Kansas on April 28.

Enaruna played for the Dutch U16 national team and stood out at the Basketball Without Borders game during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Among the transfers on UM’s radar is Cal Berkeley’s leading scorer Justice Sueing, a sophomore who averaged 14.3 points and 6 rebounds. He is also being wooed by Florida State, Pitt, San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara. TJ Holyfield, a grad transfer from Stephen F Austin, is also considering UM. He reportedly visited, and is also looking at Texas Tech and Illinois.

The UM women’s team signed 6-foot Swedish guard/forward Moulayna Johnson (“MJ”) Sidi Baba on Wednesday. Johnson Sidi Baba represented Sweden at the U16 and U18 European championships. She picked Miami over Baylor, California, Kansas, Marquette and San Francisco.

“MJ is one of the most versatile players in this 2019 class,” said UM coach Katie Meier. “She plays a multitude of positions and can dominate a game with her scoring, rebounding or passing. She is a basketball junkie who really studies the game and loves to learn from watching great players. She has a tremendous maturity and will be ready to shine in big moments.”

Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, NCAA Basketball Tournaments, NBA Playoffs, and has been the University of Miami basketball beat writer for 20 years. She was born in Frederick, Md., and grew up in Miami.