Monday, April 14, 2008

Canes Basketball Adds 'Nova Transfer

The future continues to look brighter for the Miami Hurricanes basketball program. The Canes had one last scholarship available for next season, and decided to give it to Malcolm Grant, a 6"1 point guard transfer from Villanova University, according to canesport.com. Grant played sparingly last season for the Wildcats as a freshman, but the minutes he did play he led the team in 3 point percentage (46.6%) and exhibited solid if unspectacular play. The reason for Grant's transfer was a loaded 'Nova backcourt. The consensus about Mr. Grant is that he lacks blazing speed and flash, but is a steady ball-handler/distributor and 3 point specialist. Grant will need to sit out the 2008-2009 season, and will begin play in 2009 as a redshirt sophomore. The Canes will be replacing senior point guard Lance Hurdle, so Grant will compete with sophomore Eddie Rios for the starting spot then. Grant was the 25th rated high school point guard in 2007 according to rivals.com.

In other news, the Hurricane baseball team completed a sweep of 10th-ranked Georgia Tech this weekend in Atlanta. Blake Tekotte was the star of the series, going 7 for 10 with 3 home runs ant 8 RBI's. Georgia Tech was playing with heavy hearts after the unexpected death of junior pitcher Michael Hutts. The Canes improve to 29-3 (14-1 in ACC) and are ranked 1st by USA Today and Baseball America.

4 comments:

ASponge said...

Apparently, Georgia Tech has nothing on those fearsome sluggers from FAU.

As for Canes basketball, you have to love the direction of that program. I remember when they showed some bite in the late 90's under Leonard Hamilton. It's good to see them back again, this time in the ACC.

Jay Warman said...

Damn straight Asponge. The Owls took 2/3 from Troy this weekend and Sunday was an abomination...The Sun Belt Conference `Sunday mercy rule' put an end to the series finale between Florida Atlantic University and Troy University. FAU's 17 runs forced the two teams to exchange early handshakes, as the Owls were leading by more than nine after six innings of play. Florida Atlantic (21-12; 10-6 SBC) posted eight consecutive two-out hits during an eight-run fourth inning and Travis Ozga and Nick Criaris each hit three-run homers.
Hoot.

E.J. said...

Ah yes, the Hamilton glory days. I'll never forget the Sweet 16 run in 1999-2000. The only thing keeping them from an Elite 8 appearance was a spunky Tulsa team coached by now-Kansas-legend Bill Self. That's my Canegeektastic factoid of the day.

Anonymous said...

I saw that canes team lose to Tulsa at erwin center in Austin. Miami got close a few times but Tulsa put a few runs to win it out.