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#POSTERIZED: Sheldon McClellan throws down massive alley-oop (VIDEO)

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Miami guard Sheldon McClellan threw down this massive dunk off of a BLOB (baseline out of bounds play) to help Miami bounce back from a loss to Green Bay by pounding Savannah State:

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen McClellan do something ridiculous in the air. He did this, too.

Miami guard could be back sooner than expected

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On Monday, Miami guard Sheldon McClellan was named ACC Player of the Week after averaging 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game in two wins for the Hurricanes.

The back court received more good news besides McClellan’s accolades, as sophomore guard Davon Reed is on track to rejoin the No. 15 team in the country sooner than expected, according to Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the Sun-Sentinel.

In early September, Reed was ruled out 4-6 months following surgery on his left knee. The team was intending on having Reed back in the line up until at least January. However, the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Reed took part in warmups on Friday night against South Alabama.

“How quickly we can actually put him in a game. … I talked to him yesterday and said ‘You let me know when you’re ready. I’m ready to put you in tomorrow,'” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga told Cabrera Chirinos. “He’s not ready for that yet. He’s only had maybe an hour and a half of practice, but what Davon provides this team differently is some experience at defending and rebounding the way I want our players to do it.”

Larrañaga is hoping to get Reed back on the floor at some point this month. From the looks of it, the recovery looks to be going well:

Reed, who averaged 6.6 points per game last season, will join a deep perimeter for the Hurricanes with McClellan, Angel Rodriguez, Manu Lecomte (all averaging double figures), Deandre Burnett, James Palmer and freshman Ja’Quan Newton all logging more than 14 minutes per game.

Miami will take on its second ranked opponent this season on Tuesday night, hosting No. 24 Illinois, part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Miami caps 4-0 week with second Gildan Charleston Classic title

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With nine players entering their first season playing for Jim Larrañaga, there weren’t high expectations for the Miami Hurricanes prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Miami was picked to finish tenth in the ACC’s preseason media poll, which is exactly where they wound up last season. However after what the Hurricanes have managed to accomplish in the last seven days, there may be a need to reevaluate Larrañaga’s Hurricanes.

Sunday evening Miami capped a 4-0 week with a 77-58 win over Charlotte in the title game of the Gildan Charleston Classic, going on a 22-6 second half run that removed all doubt. Texas transfer Sheldon McClellan led five Hurricanes in double figures with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, and as a team Miami shot 50 percent from the field. The difference offensively was what Miami was able to do inside of the arc, as they shot 6-for-22 from three.

Thanks to a mixture of good ball movement and spacing, Miami shot 63.2% from two and scored 44 of their 77 points in the paint. Add in the fact that the Hurricanes were able to convert 19 Charlotte turnovers into 27 points, and it isn’t all that difficult to see why Miami moved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Coincidentally, Miami won the Charleston Classic that season as well.

While the two transfer guards, McClellan and point guard Angel Rodriguez, have received a significant amount of attention during Miami’s run of success this is a balanced team. Junior center Tonye Jekiri added 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks against Charlotte, and guards Manu Lecomte (15 points) and James Palmer (12) also finished the game in double figures. Balance is going to be the key for Miami as they look to improve on last season’s results, despite what Rodriguez’s heroics in Gainesville may have led some to believe.

Miami shot 50 percent or better in two of their three games in Charleston, and just as importantly held their opponents below 40 percent in two games as well (Drexel and Akron). Charlotte, which lost Braxton Ogbueze in the first half to a knee injury, struggled to achieve the balance they enjoyed in their two tournament wins, which was a product of both Obgueze’s absence and Miami’s work on the defensive end.

Four wins in seven days is quite the accomplishment for a team with so many new pieces, and to be fair the Hurricanes won’t be “whole” for quite some time. Ivan Cruz Uceda won’t be eligible to play until January 13, and he’ll give Miami a big man who’s more than capable of holding his own on the boards. And the Hurricanes have also been without guard Davon Reed, who suffered an injury in early September and at the time was expected to miss anywhere from four to six months.

Miami’s had to make do with the pieces they currently have, and thus far the Hurricanes have looked good doing so.