The Miami Hurricanes weren’t always known for their basketball schedule, but head coach Jim Larranaga has worked hard to change that narrative. This week, the Hurricanes secured two major commitments with small forward Danilo Jovanovich and power forward AJ Casey.
Jovanovich is a three-star prospect from Whitnall High School in Milwaukee and Casey is a four-star prospect to legendary Whitney Young in Chicago. The two forwards join small three-star forward Christian Watson, who signed with the Hurricanes in September.
Janovich has shown that he can be a good midrange shooter, with consistent jump shooting inside the three-point line. He’s also shown flashes of being a strong defenseman, something the Hurricanes need when playing in the ACC, one of the toughest conferences in college basketball.
Casey is an athletic forward who has proven to be a very good defenseman and a powerful rebounder. The Hurricanes are a very heavy guards team, with the center Rodney Miller and stretch-four Sam waardenburg expected to graduate after the coming season.
The two new engagements, along with Watson, are expected to play an important role in the near future for a Hurricane side who will earn four degrees after the 2021-22 season. Head coach Jim Larranaga is looking to help the program improve after dropping records in each of the past three seasons.
The Hurricanes last participated in the NCAA tournament in 2018, but were fired in the first round on a buzzer-beater by the Cinderella Loyola-Chicago story. The Ramblers then reached the Final Four, but the first-round exit still haunts the Hurricane schedule.
The Miami Hurricanes will be looking to turn the tide, starting this season and moving into the first year of their new commitments, and then into the near future. The recruiting season is not over and Miami still has plenty of room to recruit new hires.