Basketball News & Notes: Nov. 1

Stepping to the front is a key for the success of the University of Miami men's basketball team with the departure of the team's top two scorers over the past to years.

In the past two weeks the ‘Canes have had a few players start to make their marks during Fall practice that will have Hurricanes fans very hopeful about the potential of the 2006-2007 men's basketball team.

According to coach Frank Haith, small forward Brian Asbury and shooting guard Jack McClinton have been dynamite with one or the other leading the team in scoring in every scrimmage the team has played in thus far.

Haith specified Asbury's 19-point performance in a scrimmage against Central Florida this past weekend as things to come for Asbury during the regular season.

The battle to start also seems to be clearing up as all indications from Haith are that Anthony Harris will start at point guard, McClinton will start at shooting guard, Asbury will be at small forward with Ray Hicks at power forward and Anthony King at center.

Haith has called McClinton and Asbury the team's best players throughout Fall practice.

So I guess I owe a couple of people a steak dinner.

Be sure to check out Miami's exhibition game against Northwood out of Boca Raton Monday night, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bank United Center.

Five days later, November 11, the ‘Canes officially open their season against FIU at 7:30 p.m. at the Bank United Center.

INJURY REPORT

The story remains the same on the injury front as Adrian Thomas is still battling a strained muscle in his abdomen and freshman guard James Dews is still struggling with a foot injury.

They have seen some spots in practice, but are not yet able to compete fully with the team in practice.

Other than the normal everyday bumps and bruises, there are no other injuries besides Thomas and Dews.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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