Top Shooter Picks Miami

One of the elite shooters in the Midwest is relocating. James Dews, a 6-foot-3 standout from Middletown (Ohio) Lakota East, visited a school last weekend and made his decision.

James Dews will play for the Miami Hurricanes in the fall of 2006. On Wednesday, he made it official by committing to Frank Haith's program.

Dews, a 6-foot-3 shooter, officially visited Coral Gables last weekend and wasted little time in picking the Hurricanes.

"It was really nice," Dews said. "The great thing about it was the coaches. Everybody thinks that just because it's Florida, that's the best part. But I had a great time hanging out Rob Hite and the coaches. It got me thinking that was the best place for me."

Dews, a noted shooter, averaged 23 points and shot 47% from behind the arc as a junior. He could be a Marvin Lewis-type wing player for the Hurricanes.

Miami will lose some perimeter firepower in the person of Rob Hite and Dews saw the chance for early playing time there.

"I think I'm going there because it's the best situation. I'll have a shot at a lot of playing time if I work hard. I'll play the two guard."

Dews' final five were the ‘Canes, Seton Hall, Dayton, West Virginia and Xavier. Michigan, Tennessee and Penn State were recruiting him as well.

Now, Dews turns into a recruiter. "I'm trying to bring some players with me also," Dews said. "My best friend is Josh Chichester. I'm going to do some recruiting of my own so when I get there so Miami will be even better."

Chichester, a teammate from the All-Ohio crew, is being recruited by the Miami football team as a wide receiver.

In addition to Dews, the Hurricanes also hold a commitment from another underclassman. Top 20 recruit Edwin Rios, a 2007 guard, committed to the Hurricanes this spring. Miami could add another wing and will continue its pursuit of big men in the Class of 2006.

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