Freshman Gives Miami The Word

The Miami Hurricanes are on the board in 2012. Frank Haith and his staff picked up a 6-foot-10 freshman over the weekend.

Frank Haith and the Miami Hurricanes scored a big freshman.

Ismaila Dauda, of Miami (Fla.) Center of Life Academy, committed to the Hurricanes while on an unofficial visit this past weekend.

"He went down and one of the things that he likes is the south Florida weather, so that was a major thing," Center of Life Academy coach Bernard Wright told

"Also he's attended a couple of games and the last game he went to was the North Carolina game," he continued. "He was really impressed with they way they played in that North Carolina game and I think that really helped him with his decision."

During his freshman season, Dauda, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center, averaged 10 points and five rebounds for a Life Center, who went 20-5 on the year.

"He's been down there a couple of times on unofficial visits," Wright said. And [coach Haith] has had the opportunity to see our team and he came in there and saw him and I guess he saw the potential of his upside, because he's a big kid."

"He's a good low post scorer and he's got a very good mid-range shot," Wright said. "Some of the things we are working on right now is his lateral movement and getting stronger."

Dauda, a native of Nigeria, will play for Global Elite this coming spring and summer.

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