Miami's New Big Three

Ja'Quan Newton

Miami head coach, Jim Larrañaga, has had a busy past couple days gaining commitments from two recruits, making that a total of three commitments for the 2014 class. Ja’Quan Newton (Philadelphia, Pa.), the 67th ranked prospect in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, pledged to the Hurricanes yesterday.  James Palmer (Washington D.C./St. Johns) announced his decision to commit to Miami on Monday evening. 

Newton, a 6’3” point guard that was heavily sought after, chose Miami over Minnesota, Texas A&M, Oregon, Syracuse and UCLA.  He will take his official visit to Miami on September 14th

Newton attracted the attention of a lot of coaches this summer with his ability score as a point guard.  He has great handles and can take almost any defender off the dribble, attack and finish.  He can elevate and has great body control, giving him the ability to finish with contact.

Newton said that Miami has been a favorite for him throughout the recruiting process.  One reason he liked the Hurricanes is because their offensive tendencies are similar to what Newton runs in high school and AAU: the pick and roll. 

The Philadelphia native has an attacking mentality, making him a threat coming off of any ball screen.  He is also a great passer and has good decision making skills, which allow him to read the options off the ball screen.

There previously was a rumor that Newton and Isaiah Whitehead, a 6’4” shooting guard from Brookyln, NY would be a package deal.  Could Whitehead potentially end up at Miami as well?

Another recent addition to the Hurricanes, Palmer, is a 6’4” shooting guard that brings energy and athleticism to the floor.  He is versatile on both ends of the court and his long wingspan gives him the ability to get out in the passing lanes and disrupt the offense. 

Palmer is a consistent shooter that has the ability to catch and shoot from a kick out or come rub off of screens and shoot.  As he continues to gain more confidence, his game will only continue to improve.

Palmer selected Miami over Wake Forest, VCU, Memphis and Rutgers. 

The third recruit for the Hurricanes, Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla.) committed in December.  The 6’5” shooting guard is ranked 46th in the nation, giving Miami one of the strongest recruiting classes in the nation.