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Recruit Omar Sherman Will Give Miami Basketball Inside Threat

Jim Larranaga

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The Miami Hurricanes definitely are in need of some serious talent after coming off of a somewhat disappointing 2013-14 season. Coach Jim Larranaga is one of the premier coaches in all of NCAA basketball and has used his knowledge to get the most out of players who may have come into his system without much hype.

This is not necessarily the case when 2014 recruit Omar Sherman makes his way to Coral Gables next season. Sherman is considered a very solid post player who can offer a lot to the Hurricanes. He is thick at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, and should be able to use that to his advantage in the ACC. The conference has shown to go with more wing-type and lankier players in the post recently and Sherman is the polar opposite of that. Scouts consider Sherman a true post player and that will come in handy when Miami faces teams like the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils.

Against North Carolina, Sherman’s size will help against players like Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson. He should be able to stand his ground in the paint. Against Duke, Sherman’s presence will allow Miami to force the issue in the paint and make the Devils uneasy. Duke has a lot of talent inside with Jahlil Okafor. Sherman must be able to bang around and not allow Okafor to dominate inside.

Miami has a good recruiting class coming in and if Sherman can provide rebounds and inside scoring, a few upsets and an NCAA tournament appearance are not out of the question.

Gregory T. Philson is a college basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.