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Miami continues big day with five-star 2016 commitment

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Miami picked up its second commitment of the day on Wednesday, this time landing in-state, five-star power forward Dewan Huell. The native of Miami joins four-star guard Bruce Brown as the second player of the day who pledged to the Hurricanes.

The 6-foot-9 Huell is a monster grab for head coach Jim Larranaga because he’s keeping a talented local prospect home and Huell is the type of forward who could be immediately productive. An active big man who can rebound or score running the floor or in the post, Huell is regarded as the No. 23 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

By adding Huell, Brown and four-star big man Rodney Miller, Miami has put themselves in position to be very competitive in the ACC the next few seasons and they’re doing everything they can to stay in the conference’s arms race.

Miami grabs four-star 2016 guard

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Miami landed a huge piece in its 2016 recruiting efforts on Wednesday morning as four-star guard Bruce Brown pledged to the Hurricanes during a televised announcement.

The 6-foot-3 Brown is one of the most talented guards left in the Class of 2016 and his ability to score or distribute should help Miami right away. A power guard with a football background, Brown loves to play bully ball with smaller defenders and he’s also a solid perimeter shooter and defender.

Regarded as the No. 49 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Brown joins four-star center Rodney Miller in the Miami class.

During the spring and summer with BABC in the Nike EYBL, Brown averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3 assists per game as he was one of the league’s most complete guards.

Kentucky gets five-star 2016 big man Bam Adebayo

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Kentucky picked up another top-10 prospect on Tuesday morning as five-star Class of 2016 big man Edrice “Bam” Adebayo pledged to the Wildcats during a televised announcement. The 6-foot-9 Adebayo is currently regarded as the No. 7 overall prospect in the loaded Class of 2016 and he gives head coach John Calipari another ridiculous class, with four, five-star commitments among the group.

A powerful run-and-jump athlete who showed an improved face-up game this summer, Adebayo gives Kentucky another talented big man who can immediately contribute in their rotation. Adebayo’s commitment also marks another huge recruiting win for the Wildcats, as they beat out N.C. State and Auburn for his services.

This loss stings especially hard for the Wolfpack, since Adebayo is good friends and grassroots teammates with N.C. State commitment Dennis Smith.

Also a productive rebounder, Adebayo averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on the grassroots circuit this spring and summer playing for Team Loaded North Carolina. The big man had a tremendous rapport running pick-and-rolls with Smith in grassroots ball and Kentucky fans have to hope that Fox and Adebayo can also form a lethal combination on similar plays.

With the commitment of Adebayo, this is one of Calipari’s most talented classes on paper yet. With three very good front-court players who have differing skills and one of the nation’s best guards in Fox, Kentucky will be in contention for the No. 1 class in the country once again.