3-point shot: Transfers bolster Hurricanes

June, 19, 2013
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1. Miami had to go the transfer route to catch up in the ACC and continue the momentum. Adding Kansas State's Angel Rodriguez and now Texas' Sheldon McClellan does give the the Hurricanes two experienced players coming into the program. McClellan was hardly the picture of consistency for the Longhorns, but he's given himself new life with the 'Canes. Miami had a historical season, but ran the risk of dropping significantly without beefing up and balancing the classes. This is not a band-aid fix, but more of a necessity to ensure they remain competitive without being too young.

2. The more NBA decision makers lament about the frustrations of this draft and the indecisions of what lies ahead next week, the more it proves what a unique decision Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart made in staying in school. Smart would have been the No. 1 draft pick had he decided to come out this season. I don't think it's a reach to say he would be a lock based on how hard it has been for teams to fall for someone in the top four. Smart showed yet again how much loyalty he has by returning to play for another gold with the FIBA U-19 USA team off to Prague next week. Now, Smart won't be the No. 1 pick next season, assuming Andrew Wiggins of Kansas declares. And Smart had to know this, making his move even more of a rare treat.

3. Expect the four players cut Monday by USA basketball to use that as a motivational factor next season. Pitt's James Robinson was probably the most curious of the players trimmed, because he was on the team a year ago that won gold in Brazil. Oregon's Damyean Dotson was kept initially for his shooting. But the squad has gone for more defensive quickness and pressure. Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono and Georgia Tech's Marcus Georges-Hunt were also left off the final 12-man roster. But you'll hear from these four quite a bit next season, with Pitt, Oregon and Villanova all expected to be tournament-type teams.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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