Barry Jackson

UM pursues running back; NBA scout on Bruce Brown

A few Canes notes on a Sunday:

• UM is moving closer to landing a No. 2 or No. 3 running back.

Clemson grad transfer Tyshon Dye told Canesport’s Matt Shodell last week that Miami is now his favorite.

“I can’t say how big a lead it is, but I just know they’re in the lead right now,” Dye said, adding he plans to visit Georgia Southern and SMU and make a decision by May.

Dye said UM offensive coordinator Thomas Brown “was telling me it’s a very good opportunity there just because they don’t have much depth, that I can go in there and potentially get a lot of playing time because they rotate their backs a lot. That’s one thing I like. He said he can’t guarantee me playing time. I have to earn it, but he said it’s a very good situation because they don’t have many backs. He said it’s almost a guaranteed opportunity for some playing time.”

Dye has 76 career carries at Clemson for 351 yards, a 4.6 average.

If Dye comes to UM, he would compete with Travis Homer to back up Mark Walton, with Trayone Gray and Robert Burns the only other scholarship backs at Miami.

• Daniel Jeremiah, at the NFL Combine on Saturday: “The QB that helped himself more than anybody today: Brad Kaaya. He had a great workout this morning.”

• UM doesn’t believe freshman guard Bruce Brown will turn pro after this season but could envision it happening after 2017-18.

“He would be better served coming back, but if he came out, he’s good enough to be drafted,” a veteran NBA scout told me last week. “But I wouldn't guarantee first round. He would be a strong consideration for a second round pick, probably somewhere by 45. He has definitely impressed. He has size, athleticism, he’s strong, can play both guard spots, has improved his jump shot. The team plays better when he has the ball in his hands instead of [Ja’Quan] Newton.”

The scout said UM senior Davon Reed “is a fringe NBA player, a guy I could see bouncing between the D-League and NBA. I would be surprised if he’s drafted.”

• Here’s the full ACC Tournament schedule at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with UM opening Wednesday at noon against Syracuse:

Tuesday, March 7

First round

Noon – No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 13 NC State (ESPN2/ACC Network)

2 p.m. – No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 15 Boston College (ESPN2/ACC Network)

7 p.m. – No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 14 Pitt (ESPNU/ACC Network)

Wednesday, March 8

Second round

Noon – No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Miami (ESPN/ACC Network)

2 p.m. – No. 5 Duke vs. Tuesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

7 p.m. – No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)

9 p.m. – No. 6 Virginia vs. Tuesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)

Thursday, March 9


Noon – No. 1 North Carolina vs. Wednesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

2 p.m. – No. 4 Louisville vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

7 p.m. – No. 2 Florida State vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

9 p.m. – No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Wednesday 9 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

Friday, March 10


7 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)

9 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)

Saturday, March 11


9 p.m. – Friday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network)

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