University of Miami coach Larranaga congratulates guard Brown during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game against Pacific University in Austin

Miami’s Jim Larrañaga named Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year

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While Michigan’s Trey Burke has won the majority of the major National Player of the Year awards the same can be said of Miami’s Jim Larrañaga in regards to the national Coach of the Year honors.

Larrañaga added another trophy to the collection Sunday, as it was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club that he was the winner of the 2013 Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year award.

Larrañaga, in his second season at the ACC school, led the Hurricanes to a 29-7 record (15-3 ACC) and its first conference title (both regular and postseason) as a member of the conference. Miami reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000, falling to Marquette in an East Region semifinal.

The other finalists for the award were Jim Crews (Saint Louis), Mark Few (Gonzaga) and John Thompson III (Georgetown).

“It is humbling and really an honor to receive a national award like this, especially, in the name of the founder of our game, Dr. James Naismith,” Coach Larrañaga said in a statement.

“I greatly appreciate the recognition by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, its membership and its voting academy to select me because there are so many great college coaches in the country. This really is a team award that represents a lot of hard work by my staff and our players.”

Miami’s rotation featured five seniors so there will be plenty of work to do in 2013-14. And with there being questions as to whether or not sophomore point guard Shane Larkin will enter the NBA Draft, building on this season’s success would be even tougher if Larkin were to leave.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.