Final Four: Where were Miami's players ranked coming out of high school before they were Canes?
Miami, NIL and transfers.
The three words have almost become synonymous during the Hurricanes' run to the Final Four — and for obvious reasons. Nijel Pack signed a two-year, $800,000 deal when he transferred from Kansas State. Isaiah Wong threatened to leave Miami last offseason if he didn’t receive a more lucrative NIL deal. Jordan Miller, who transferred from George Mason, was a star against Texas in the Elite Eight. Power forward Norchad Omier has been Miami's only real inside presence and a dominant rebounder all season.
While all of that is true, coach Jim Larrañaga has assembled a team primarily made of four-star recruits who signed with the Hurricanes out of high school.
Here’s a look at how Miami’s roster were ranked as high school recruits.
Center Favour Aire
Aire was a four-star recruit and the No. 22 center in the nation on the 247Composite in the class of 2022. The Bishop McNamara High School (Maryland) graduate picked the Hurricanes over Georgetown, Indiana, LSU, Pitt and others. Aire has appeared in 14 games this season.
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Guard Harlond Beverly
Beverly is one of the highest-rated recruits in Miami history. The Montverde Academy product was the No. 54 overall player in the nation and No. 9 combo guard on the 247Sports composite in 2019. Beverly also had offers from Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Michigan State, Utah, Virginia, Xavier and others. Beverly has appeared in all 36 games and scored three points against Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Forward AJ Casey
Casey was a four-star recruit and the No. 14 power forward in the nation on the 247Sports composite as a senior at Whitney Young Magnet High School (Illinois) in 2022. Casey has appeared in 28 games this season, including NCAA Tournament games against Indiana and Texas.
Guard Filippos Gkogkos
Gkogkos walked on at Miami after graduating from the International School of Bucharest in Romania. He has appeared in one game this season.
Guard Bensley Joseph
Joseph was the No. 106 player in the nation, No. 16 point guard in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut as a senior at Putnam Science Academy in 2021. Joseph signed with Miami over offers from Boston College, Georgetown, Iowa, Marquette, Penn State and others. Joseph is averaging 5.2 points per game; he had seven points, five rebounds and five assists against Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Forward Danilo Jovanovich
Jovanovich was the No. 43 power forward in the nation and No. 3 player in Wisconsin on the 247Sports Composite as a senior at Whitnall High School in 2022. He has appeared in one game this season.
Guard Jordan Miller
Miller was an unheralded and unranked recruit out of Loudoun Valley High School (Virginia) in 2018 and signed with George Mason. He transferred to Miami before the 2021-22 season. Miller is second on the team in scoring average (15.4 points per game). He had a perfect shooting game against Texas in the Elite Eight and scored a game-best 27 points.
Forward Norchad Omier
Omier, who was born in Nicaragua, did a postgraduate year at Miami Prep before signing with Arkansas State in 2020. After dominating the Sun Belt Conference for two years, Omier transferred to Miami before the 2022-23 season. Omier is averaging 13.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He had at least 13 rebounds in each of the first three NCAA Tournament games.
Forward Thomas Oosterbroek
Oosterbroek was an unranked recruit out of Brentwood School (California) in 2021 and chose to walk on at Miami over offers from Cal State Fullerton and Eastern Washington. He has not appeared in a game this season.
Guard Nijel Pack
Pack was a four-star recruit, the No. 4 player in Indiana and the No. 22 point guard in the nation on the 247Sports Composite as a senior at Lawrence Central High School in 2020. He picked Kansas State over offers from Butler, Loyola, Nevada and others. Pack transferred to Miami before the 2022-23 season. He’s averaging 13.8 points per game and led the team with 26 points against top-seeded Houston in the Sweet 16.
Guard Wooga Poplar
Poplar was a four-star recruit, No. 34 shooting guard and No. 128 overall player in the nation on the 247Sports composite as a senior at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia in 2021. He also had offers from Auburn, LSU, Maryland, Penn State and others. Poplar is averaging 8.7 points per game and scored 16 points with six rebounds against Texas in the Elite Eight.
Guard Jakai Robinson
Robinson is the 13th highest-rated recruit to sign with Miami since 2000, according to 247Sports. He was a four-star recruit, the No. 85 overall player in the nation and No. 16 small forward on the 247Sports composite as a senior at Rock Creek Christian Academy (Maryland) in 2021. Robinson also was offered by Clemson, UConn, Florida, NC State, Oklahoma State and others. He has played in six games this season.
Forward Anthony Walker
Walker, who played at Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), was ranked a three-star recruit, the No. 202 recruit in the nation and No. 33 power forward by 247Sports in 2019. He has played in 36 games this season and scored seven points with two blocks against Houston in the Sweet 16.
Guard Christian Watson
Watson was a three-star recruit and No. 1 player in Washington D.C., as a senior at St. John’s College High School in 2022. He signed with Miami over Georgetown, Marquette, Xavier, Florida, South Carolina and others. Watson has played in 10 games this season.
Guard Isaiah Wong
The ACC Player of the Year was a four-star recruit, the No. 12 combo guard in the nation and No. 79 overall player in the country on the 247Sports composite as a senior at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School (New Jersey) in 2019. He also had offers from UConn, Illinois, Villanova and others. Wong led the Hurricanes with 27 points against Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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