Robert Hite Commits

The University of Miami has signed shooting guard Robert Hite (Cincinnati) to a national letter of intent. Hite selected the Hurricanes over Tennessee, Dayton, Georgetown and Xavier.

"Robert Hite is the type of player I like to have on my basketball," said Clark. "He is a extremely versatile player. Robert is a tremendous scorer who has the ability to manufacture shots when the offense breaks down. He also defends extremely well and can really rebound the basketball. But what I like most is his competitive spirit. He brings the type of competitiveness you need to be successful in the Big East."

Hite (6-2, 185), a first-team All-State selection, averaged 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals as a junior in leading Winton Woods High School to a 21-2 record and a trip to the Section championship game.

"I felt very comfortable in my visit to Miami ," said Hite "It is a great academic institution and a program on the rise. I really feel I can make a difference and help the program continue to grow."

Hite, a great all-around athlete, also ran track where he qualified for the state finals as a member of the 4x100 meter relay. Hite is ranked as the No. 50 prospect in the nation by CNN/SI and has started at shooting guard since his freshman season. He was named team and league MVP last season.

"Robert is a very explosive and athletic player," said Winton Woods head coach Gary Lumpkin. "He is the complete package. Not only is he a very good offensive player, but he is an excellent defender who does all the little things that don't show up in the box score. Robert doesn't have to score to control the game, he can beat you in many different ways."

The Hurricanes women's basketball team was also in a signing mood as Tamara James and Tatjana Marincic agreed to national letters of intent in the early singing period last week.

James, a 5-9 guard/forward, from Dania, Fla., led South Broward High to consecutive state championship titles in 2000 and 2001. James was named MVP of the state tournament last year and averaged 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game her junior year. The Nike All-American is ranked the No. 15 guard in the nation by All-Star Girls Report.

"Tamara is extremely athletic, a great shooter and runs the floor well," said UM women's coach Fern Labati." Her competitiveness and passion for the game will fit right into our system."

Marincic, a 6-2 guard/forward from Mississauga, Ontario, averaged 27 points and 16 rebounds per game last year at T.L. Kennedy High School. She led the Kougars to a Provincial championship in 2000 and to the Midwest Nationals. Marincic chose Miami over Texas A&M and Southwest Missouri State.

"With her passion and drive, the greater the challenge the more Tatjana excels," said Labati. "She has the ability to take over a game with her scoring abilities and will make an immediate impact."

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