The RedHawks are now looking for the next star wing to lead RedHawks. The wing spot also just happens to be Miami's biggest need. As the roster stands right now, 6'4" 5th year senior Antonio Ballard will be the only true wing guard/forward to start the 2010-11 campaign.
Miami's recent 2009 recruiting class, ranked as one of the ten best non-BCS recruiting classes in the nation, noticeably lacked a true wing (Combo Guards Allen Roberts and Orlando Williams plus posts Drew Kelly and Drew McGhee).
As such, whatever wing player or players Miami lands in the class of 2010 will be have to contribute immediately. Therefore, Miami needs not to just land any wing player, but a player who plays at the level of the other great wings that have played for Coach Coles.
Miami's top target to fill the role as the next great wing for the RedHawks is Josh Sewell, a 6-5, 200 pound 2G/SF from Louisville (KY) Trinity High School. Sewell has confirmed that Miami has made him a priority.
In order to get a closer look at Sewell at the Trinity standout, the Miami staff invited him to the RedHawk's Elite Camp this week. Sewell talked about his experience at Miami's Elite Camp:
"Camp was real nice. Has some really good competition and nice fun with the guys. I really like the campus atmosphere and the visit. It was a pretty good two days. The bus tour was really nice. I had visited and seen everything already."
Sewell was impressed with the work being done on Miami's Richard T. Farmer School of Business building. Sewell stated, "It was nice to look at the (business school) remodeling because I plan on attending the business marketing program. It is nice to see they will have a 20 million dollar facility when I get there. I heard (the business program) is top 5 in the country so it pretty nice."
Previously, Sewell said Academics are his #1 priority in choosing a school. Sewell explained, "It is mainly academics. Basketball will take care of itself. The coach will decide how much to play me. Also relationship with the coaches is important." Sewell added he will make a very careful decision. "I want to make a great decision, not just a good decision, so that I can develop on and off the court."
Previously, Sewell to RedHawk Insider that "Miami really impressed me. I have never seen a campus like that. Academics are good too. I really like the coaching staff. (Miami Assistant) Coach (Ryan) Pedon seems like a really cool guy." He and Coach Pedon have developed a relationship over time.
This past season, Sewell is averaged approximately 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. He shot an impressive 57% from the field ("I shoot a lot of layups"), 85% from the line, and about 30% from behind the arc.
Josh Sewell describes his style of play as "in and out" and excels with his mid-range game. Sewell said, "I like to shoot over guards." Sewell says he is more of a shooting guard than a small forward and has a scorer's mentality. He also plays point guard for Trinity and has been starting as a guard since his freshman year.
The muscular Sewell is still working on his athleticism and quickness. He has gotten down to 200 pounds from 210. Sewell said, "I want to be quicker and agile. I am always working on my body." Sewell says he takes 300 shots a day after school to improve his outside range.
The schools that are recruiting Sewell include the Miami RedHawks, Ohio, Wright State, Butler, Akron, Miami Hurricanes, Middle Tennessee State, Dayton, Stanford, Penn State, Bradley, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, and Western Kentucky. Of those, he has offers from Miami-OH, WKU, Wright State, Ohio, Akron, Middle Tennessee State, Bradley, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, VCU, Miami-FL, and Murray State.
Sewell's said his top 5 schools are "RedHawks obviously, Dayton, Western Kentucky, Akron, and Butler." Sewell added his also considering Depaul and Penn State.
Sewell has already unofficially visited Akron, Miami-OH, Ohio, Dayton, Kentucky, WKU, and Xavier. However, Kentucky and Xavier are no longer recruiting Sewell.
Stay tuned as RedHawk Insider will continue to keep you updated on Sewell's recruitment.