Canes Land Late Bloomer

The Miami Hurricanes dipped into Louisiana/Texas for its latest forward commitment. Frank Haith's bunch landed a small forward who was affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Lawrence Gilbert, a 6-foot-7 small forward who played last season at Houston (Tex.) Wheatley, is headed to the ACC. Gilbert, who averaged 16 points a game, committed to the Miami Hurricanes after hearing from Tulane, Tennessee, Marquette, Cincinnati, Auburn and Southern Miss.

"With the hurricane happening, I'd say it's been a difficult year but I'm ready to go to college," Gilbert said. The player's home received wind damage and they're remodeling now but for the most part, all is good. He relocated from Higgins High in New Orleans to Wheatley and now back to Higgins for graduation.

Miami adds a 6-foot-7 forward who brings athleticism to the table and is quite the spring addition. "I'm mostly a slasher but I can pass it."

The consensus is that Gilbert is pretty much a late blooming prospect. He was under the radar, got caught up in the hurricane and now found his way to major college basketball. "I'd say I was a late bloomer. I wasn't really in any of the big tournaments this year but then I played with D.J. Augustin and Dwight Lewis and started to get noticed."

Gilbert was also aided by a strong showing at the Academy National Event post-Christmas in Houston.

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