Miami re-loads in backcourt

The Miami Hurricanes are loading up with scorers. JaQuan Newton is just the latest to join the fold.

Very few teams had a better run of things during the 2012-13 season than the Miami Hurricanes. One of the big reasons for that was the play of their spectacular backcourt. However now that backcourt is virtually gone, but the Hurricanes have plenty of help on the way.

In the 2013 class the Hurricanes brought in a versatile wing in Davon Reed as well as a local high scoring guard in Deandre Burnett, and potential immediately eligible transfer Angel Rodriguez. That should help ease the losses of players like Shane Larkin, Trey McKinney-Jones, and Durand Scott off of last year's team, but the real re-enforcements are on the way for the 2014-15 season.

That is when Miami will bring in no less than four highly thought of and talented backcourt players. The most recent of the quartet to commit is four-star guard JaQuan Newton. Newton is one of the best scorers in the class, and had as good a run as anybody at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

At 6-foot-3, Newton is clearly someone who gets to the rim and does damage. In fact Newton might be one of the top guards in the country at creating for himself off the bounce. Now he does need to improve his outside shot, and does need to refine his point guard skills, but Newton is someone who the focus should be on what he does well and not what he doesn't. And what he does well is put the ball in the basket.

Newton however is far from the only scorer coming in. Texas transfer Sheldon McClellan should give the Hurricanes a veteran presence who has all the ability in the world. When focused at UT he was as good as any scorer in the Big XII, and he will be older and more mature after sitting out a year due to transfer rules.

With McClellan and Newton there are two guards who can really score and have the versatility, and at least the physical ability, to guard multiple positions.

Then Miami has a pair of other bigger wings coming in with Adonys Henriquez and James Palmer. At this point Henriquez is mostly just a skilled shooter who will excel in catch and shoot situations. He also has some athleticism, but over the last year he has filled more of a shooter role with his game.

Palmer is someone who is all potential right now. He is young for his grade, and has never been a go to player either in high school or AAU, but is a kid who keeps on getting better and making strides.

Will this quartet of backcourt players, along with Reed and Burnett, end up bringing Miami to the heights that Larkin, Scott, and company did is not known and impossible to predict, but the bottom line is Jim Larranaga and his staff continue to load up the roster with players who can score, and should have things going well in Coral Gables for quite some time.

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