Former Idaho State F Kiree Huie is committed to Miami

After a multi-day official visit to Miami last week, former Idaho State forward Kiree Huie has announced his commitment to the Hurricanes and long-time head coach Jim Larrañaga.

“It’s a successful program, and they’re fast-paced,” Huie said. “I got on really well with the head coach and he has had success in the past and done great things in terms of winning. I also really like the team. It’s an older team and I think we can achieve great success.”

During Huie's official visit to Miami, the 6-foot-9 forward, who averaged 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the Bengals last season, spent a lot of time interacting with Larrañaga speak, who played a crucial role in his later commitment to the Hurricanes. He also paid an official visit to UTSA.

“I really like how much the head coach talks,” Huie said. “I also like that it was very different than my UTSA visit. I just interacted with the Miami coach a lot more.”

Prior to his time in Pocatello, Idaho, Huie played in the junior college ranks of the Odessa College Wranglers and appeared in all 34 games, starting in 25 of them last year. He finished the year with averages of 10.6 points on 60.8% field shooting, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game as the Wranglers finished the season with an overall record of 30-4 and a Finished with a conference record of 15-1.

“I’m a great blocker, rebounder and hard worker,” Huie explained. “My inside game is really good and I’m just an all-around dog.”

After a disappointing 15-17 campaign last season, Larrañaga and the Canes have revamped their roster and added more players up front, with Huie the latest addition via the transfer portal.

“They told me they wanted me to play in the foursome and fivesome,” Huie explained. “They also want me to accept my game a little and shoot threes. And also be dominant in the post and on the glass.”

This offseason, Miami saw the departure of several key players from last year's team, including forward Norchad Omier (17 PPG, 10 RPG), guard Wooga Poplar (13.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG) and freshman standout Kyshawn George (7, 6 PPG, 3 RPG), who many believe will be a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Huie is now the Hurricanes' fourth transfer portal addition this offseason. He joins former Stetson guard Jalen Blackmon, who was one of the country's most prolific scorers last season, averaging 21.3 points per game, 10th best in the country; former East Carolina power forward Brandon Johnson, who averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season; and former Virginia Tech center Lynn Kidd, who averaged 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 66.8 percent from the field, which was the fourth-highest in the country last season.

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