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Hampton adds former Miami (OH) guard Reggie Johnson

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Nine games into the 2013-14 season sophomore guard Reggie Johnson made the decision to leave the program, resulting in the RedHawks losing their second-leading scorer at the time. Johnson averaged 11.8 points per game for Miami, eclipsing the 20-point mark in three of the nine games he played in.

According to College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips, Johnson has found a new home. Johnson will continue his career at Hampton, becoming eligible to play in games at the end of the 2014 fall semester.

The key for Johnson will be consistency, something that was an issue at Miami in the nine games he played in this season. In the five games that the guard failed to reach double figures he scored a total of 26 points, which works out to an average of 5.2 points per game. If consistent Johnson has the ability to help Hampton account for the eventual loss of forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell, currently their leading scorer (14.2 ppg) but out of eligibility at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Outside of senior Ramon Mercado the other guards on the Hampton roster are all underclassmen, with seven being either redshirt or true sophomores.

Reggie Johnson returns in No. 25 Miami’s 27-point trouncing of No. 1 Duke

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Miami center Reggie Johnson entered Wednesday’s game against No. 1 Duke at the 14:17 mark of the first half to a crowd chanting his name.

His unexpected return to the Hurricanes’ lineup after missing eight games with a broken thumb might not bring instant production from the 6-10, 292-pound senior, but if Wednesday’s energy and effort were any indication, his return has this team reinvigorated and ready for a run at an ACC title.

Energy and hot shooting from No. 25 Miami sunk Duke out of the gate, with the Hurricanes ripping off a 25-1 first-half run on their way to a dominating 90-63 win over the Blue Devils at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

The backcourt combination of Durand Scott and Shane Larkin was too much for Duke in the first half. Scott scored 15 first-half points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor and Larkin added nine, extending the Duke defense away from the basket with strong shooting from three-point range.

Scott finished with 25 points and Larkin had 18.

Senior Kenny Kadji did his part to pick apart Duke’s defense as well, scoring 22 points on the night, including 2-of-3 from three-point range and a layup, plus the foul that extended Miami’s lead to 23 points with 2:54 to play in the first.

Duke worked to get open shots in the first half, but could not convert. The Blue Devils shot just 8-of-36 (22 percent) from the field in the first half, helping to spur Miami’s transition game and allowing Scott and Larkin to lead the break.

The Blue Devils were once again without Ryan Kelly, who continues to be sidelines with a lingering foot injury. A stalling offense could likely have been helped along by his

Miami came out with the same intensity in the second half and never relented. Duke cycled in players from its bench looking for an energy boost, including Alex Murphy and Marshall Plumlee.

Murphy was one of the few bright spots for Duke Wednesday night, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Quinn Cook, Seth Curry, and Tyler Thornton, expected to all be major contributors, combined to shoot 1-of-29 on the night. That abysmal three percent outing was only amplified by Kelly’s absence.

The win keeps Miami undefeated in the ACC and improves its conference record to 5-0. The Hurricanes now have a two-game lead on Duke and a 1.5-game lead on NC State.

Miami moves on to play Florida State and Virginia Tech, meaning they could conceivably enter its Feb. 2 matchup with NC State at 7-0.

The Duke loss is one of the worst in recent memory for a No. 1 team. In 2004, No. 1 Wake Forest lost to Illinois, 91-73. Also in 2004, No. 1 St. Joseph’s lost to Xavier, 87-67.

The loss is the third-worst ever for a team ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Reggie Johnson, three-point threat?

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Apparently, Miami’s big man has been getting up some shots in the offseason for Jim Larranaga’s Hurricane squad.

The info comes from this story by The Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan who wrote about how Larranaga’s message of continuity has spread, and it may be one of the keys that determines where Miami finishes this season in the ACC.

A large portion of that burden falls on Johnson, a wide body who plays right at the rim and has apparently become adept at hitting both the right-handed and left-handed hook shot, Fagan writes.

But the most interesting part of the article is what comes at the end. Apparently, Johnson, along with the rest of the team, has taken part in a drill where they shoot as many threes as possible in five minutes. Hitting less than 40 means that player isn’t allowed to shoot them in the game, 40-50 means a player is limited in the amount they can take and 50 or more splash-downs means he gets the all-clear to shoot. Johnson has routinely been in the 40s and hit a personal-best 59 last week. Johnson was just 4-11 from deep last season.

Will he get to hoist it like Jimmer?

The Hurricanes will need someone to, even if it is Johnson. Gone is leading three-point shooter Malcolm Grant (68 makes last season). Though, Trey McKinney Jones (40 makes) and Rion Brown (41 makes) return, along with Shane Larkin’s 32 three’s from last season.

So maybe it’s not a necessity that Johnson develop a stroke from the outside. But hey, the world needs more big-guy three’s. They’re the college basketball equivalent to fat-guy touchdowns in football.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.