Nass Adjusting to Miami

Fabio Nass is the least heralded of coach Frank Haith's recruiting class of 2006. He is also the only one of the four new recruits that isn't a freshman.

Long and lanky 6-foot-11 power forward Fabio Nass is the junior that no one really knows anything about, but being known isn't his goal. Fitting in and being a contributor to the team is the goal of the native of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

"I think I can do a lot more. I think I need to do a lot more," Nass said. "I like to bring a lot of effort. I just try to get guys open so they can hit shots."

He is also a player who can hit the outside jumper himself, something that big men at Miami have not been able to do in the past.

Nass is also no stranger to winning. Even though he didn't get a lot of playing time during his sophomore year at Fort Smith Junior College in Arkansas, he was part of a National Championship winning team last year.

With JUCO's being more geared toward guard play, Nass didn't get a lot of time, but as a player in the Acc, at 6'11, it will be hard to keep him on the floor simply because he will provide height the ‘Canes haven't had since the days of Constantine Popa and Tito Hortford.

Unlike the other incoming recruits in Dwayne Collins, James Dews and Lawrence Gilbert, the adjustment for Nass hasn't been hard because he's played college basketball. In fact, Nass says it's been rather easy to make the adjustment because the level of help that is provided by the athletic department is way better than in junior college.

"It was not really hard to adjust cause I was in junior college and it was pretty much the same thing, but here, they make it a lot easier with all the tutoring they have, the managers, the athletic department, the coaches because there are a lot of people to take care of that," Nass said.

Making the move to Miami from Arkansas though was rather easy for Nass.

"I'd never been here before I committed, but heard great things about the city, school, coach Haith and all the assistant coaches," Nass said. "I came here in December on Christmas break for my visit. It was different because there was no one on campus, but I really liked the campus."

With the exhibition against Northwood tonight at the BankUnited Center, Nass is very excited about the opportunity to play Division I basketball.

"I am really excited. I've been working hard the whole summer over the past three months," Nass said. "We have a great team."

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

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