Miami's landed a top target to fill that role in Josh Sewell, a muscular 6'5," 200 pound 2G/SF from Louisville (KY) Trinity High School. Earlier in the week Sewell attended Miami's Elite Camp and had a good experience. A few days later, he was ready to make a decision.
In the end, it came down to two schools: Western Kentucky and Miami. Sewell stated why he chose Miami:
"It is a place I can see myself on and off the court. It is one of the best schools in the Midwest. Miami has great academics with the business marketing degree."
Academics had always been Sewell's number one priority in choosing a college. 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."
Sewell believes he is making a statement going to Miami. Sewell said, "I do not come from the nicest of neighborhoods. I want to make something of myself. Not many people from here can say they have a good degree from a prestigious school like Miami."
Miami made Sewell a priority recruiting target years ago. Sewell said, "Most schools know what they want. Miami had been on me since I was a sophomore." Sewell later added, "Miami made me a priority since day one. They made me feel wanted and my mom felt that way too. No other school except Akron made me feel that wanted."
Sewell had originally planned to wait until at least August to make a decision, but decided to move it up because he did not want to miss his chance at being a RedHawk. He said, "I knew if I waited it could mess things up. I did not want to lose the opportunity. It was just right."
Sewell said Coach Coles planned on using him as a guard/forward.
Sewell plans on doing some damage in the MAC. Sewell stated, "I can be a star in the MAC if I keep working hard."
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." He is dominant with his mid-range game and has a scorer's mentality. Sewell says he is more of a shooting guard than a small forward. and has a scorer's mentality.
Other schools that recruited Sewell include Ohio, Wright State, Butler, Akron, Miami-FLA, Middle Tennessee State, Dayton, Stanford, Penn State, Bradley, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, and Western Kentucky.
He had firm offers from Miami-OH, WKU, Wright State, Ohio, Akron, Middle Tennessee State, Bradley, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, VCU, Miami-FL, and Murray State.
Sewell plans to visit with his coach in the next few weeks.