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Miami Hurricanes land big oral commitment in basketball

Miami coach Larranaga dances with team after beating No. 18 Virginia

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 program, looking to replenish its talent after losing Lonnie Walker IV and Bruce Brown early to the NBA, landed a big oral commitment Wednesday when four-star point guard Isaiah Wong announced he will play for UM.

Wong, from Drexel Hills, Pennsylvania, is rated by Rivals.com as the 71st-best player in the 2019 class. He chose UM over Villanova, Clemson, Pittsburgh and Connecticut, among others.

UM plans to use Wong (6-2, 165 pounds) primarily at point guard, where he likely will back up Chris Lykes, but he also can play some shooting guard.

Wong averaged 23 points and four assists last season.

“I felt like Miami has a great program and the way the team is there, that’s all I wanted as a player,” Wong told CaneSport.com. “I’ll go there and just work every day, get my body right to contribute and playing in the ACC is something that will be great.”

Wong told prepcircuit.com: “”They told me to keep working on my skill set and I love the way they play. They play fast paced, and I feel like I’ll be in a great position to succeed at that school.”

He said coach Jim Larranaga “told me I’m their type of player. He likes that I’m always on the ball, he thinks I play good defense and he really believes in me. Coach just really likes my game and what I can bring.”

He can sign with UM as early as Nov. 14, the start of the next signing period for basketball.

“Isaiah is a very versatile athletic guard,” Jack Concannon, who coached Wong most of his high school career, told Canesport.com. “He can play either the point or two guard. Excellent shooter and ball handler has the ability to get his shot off versus much bigger defenders. The University Miami coaches and fans will love having Isaiah on their team. Not only is he a great player but he is a great kid as well.”

UM is also a finalist for two other top 2019 prospects: five-star Fort Lauderdale University school center Vernon Carey Jr. and five-star Sanford-based small forward CJ Walker.

“I think they should come with me and be a championship contending team,” Wong told prepcircuit.com. “If we get everyone to come in like we plan to, we can do a lot of damage. We can definitely make a run if they come because we are all great competitors.”

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