South Miami was the preseason number one team in class 6A after falling in the state championship game a year ago to finish 20-9 on the season. The Cobras featured two division one signees in Brian Asbury and 6-foot-10 center Abdul Herrera who has signed with Cincinnati. Things didn't start off well for South Miami as they started the season 2-2.
"I think a lot of guys were playing for themselves and we weren't playing very well as a team," said Asbury.
Just as South Miami was starting to get back on track they played in the Savannah Classic in Savannah, Georgia and went 1-2 in the tournament. Asbury was the game's leading scorer in all three games averaging 22.3 points per game. The stumble gave the Cobras a 5-5 record at the end of the 2004 calendar year.
"The tournament was very good for us because we played some of the top teams in Georgia in a different atmosphere," Asbury said.
Now the team has won four straight games to push their record to 9-5 on the season including a 6-0 record in district play.
"The season is going pretty well right now," Asbury said. "We were down for a bit, but after we came back from out of town (tournament in Georgia) we started playing better as a team."
On Wednesday South Miami defeated Braddock 64-61 in double overtime.
"It was a crazy game," Asbury said. "It was a back-and-forth game throughout and then we wound up going into overtime because we made a turnover late in the game. Then in the second overtime I was called for my fifth foul—a foul I didn't think was a foul—with about two minutes left in the game. My teammates were able to hold on and get the win."
Asbury has averaged 26 points per game this season including a season-high 36-point performance in a loss against Krop earlier this season. He has scored at least 20 points in every game this season and has led the team in scoring 13 of their 14 games.
"I feel like I am doing much better this year because I have put in a lot of work and played a lot of AAU basketball," Asbury said. "I feel like everything has came into place this season and I'm just trying to get better."
Asbury plays his AAU basketball for the South Florida Heat—a team he has been with for two years now. This past summer they played in tournaments in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, and other cities in the United States.
"This past summer was a very good experience for me because I played the point guard position," Asbury said. "Playing a different position I was able to learn a lot of different things."
Signing with Miami was a decision Asbury felt very comfortable with once first-year head coach Frank Haith joined the program. He also enjoys Haith's up-tempo style of play
"My decision was that I was going to an up and coming program and to Frank Haith who is a great coach with great coaches around him," Asbury said. When coach Haith came to town he got in contact with me and we connected ever since. I felt like it was the best place for me."
This season Miami has started off well in the ACC with a 2-1 record winning their last two games over North Carolina State and Virginia. The Hurricanes have an overall record of 11-3.
"They are doing very well," Asbury said. "It is a big jump from last year to this year. Plus they went to the hardest basketball conference and have still played well."
Asbury, along with Miami's two other signees—Denis Clemente and Adrian Thomas—have been to a number of Miami home games this season. The three know of one another, but have yet to develop a strong bond. Asbury has talked with Thomas on the phone a few times and recalls an early season match-up against Clemente and his Calusa Prep squad.
"I remember there was a lot of talking going on back and forth," Asbury said. "There was a lot of good playing and scoring going on, but I just remember there was a lot of talking."
The two had met at Miami basketball games before and know each other from AAU basketball. They haven't been able to get to know each other quite yet, but say hi when they see one another.
Asbury lists Kobe Bryant as his favorite NBA player and picks the Lakers as his favorite team.
Asbury's Next Game: Wednesday, January 19 vs.Varela (7-7) at South Miami. Asbury scored 29 points in a 69-51 victory over Varela earlier this month.
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com.
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