Ever wanted to see how Jim Larranaga and his staff conduct themselves on the recruiting trail? Here’s your chance.
As part of a documentary series with five-star 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley, videomaker Capitol Hoops brings us inside the Hurricanes’ recent in-home visit. The footage, shot by Quickley’s mother, shows Larranaga and his three assistant coaches — Chris Caputo, Jamal Brunt and Adam Fisher — touting the virtues of their program and how Quickley would fit.
Quickley (6-3, 180), who plays at Bel Air, Maryland’s John Carroll School, is the top-rated point guard and 12th overall in the 2018 class by ESPN. He is considering Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland in addition to UM.
“They tell me at Miami that if I feel it’s a really good fit I should go there,” he told Rivals this week. “I like the fact that they brought all of their coaches to the in-home visit so that was a good thing.”
A lot of stuff in here, and the whole thing is worth a watch if you’re even mildly interested in Miami basketball or hoops recruiting.
See below for the video. A few notes:
* Larranaga mentions the players ahead of Quickley in Miami’s backcourt: Bruce Brown, Lonnie Walker and Ja’Quan Newton. He reiterates the coaches’ shared belief Brown “will be two-and-done, like Shane Larkin was. … He almost went this year.” He notes Walker is expected to be a lottery pick in 2018, and Newton will graduate.
* Brunt, who said he has watched Quickley from a young age, said he’s a perfect fit for Miami’s ball-screen offense. “The most important thing to us is your decision-making. Your basketball IQ, how you make other guys better,” Larranaga said. “You’re really, really good, but you elevate the guys around you. That’s really important to us.”
* Brunt, commenting on the rise of Miami’s program: “I feel like we’re at a place where we recruit guys like you.”
* Part of the pitch was a “lifetime scholarship” to UM. Larranaga also noted that NBA stars who live in Miami, like Kyrie Irving, are welcome to use UM’s facilities and often do in the offseason. He told Quickley how LeBron James brought the Cleveland Cavaliers to campus for a week last summer.
* Larranaga on Brown’s physique: “He’s like iron.”
* Larranaga on Brown’s potential: “I don’t know if he’s going to end up being Russell Westbrook,” Larranga said, raising his hand to indicate a high level. “That’s like, beyond really good, very, very special. But he’s moving in that direction.”
* Quickley plays the drums and is pretty good at it.
Watch the whole thing here (about 22 minutes):