NCB On The Trail: Adonys Henriquez

Florida Fall Festival recap 

October, 14, 2013
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ORLANDO -- The Florida Fall Festival is a two-pronged event that consists of a tournament of excellent high school teams and an individual player showcase that features high-level talent from all over the Sunshine State.

Here are a few players who performed well this weekend:

Scout's take: Henriquez to UCF 

September, 29, 2013
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ESPN 100 shooting guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) made a verbal commitment to Central Florida this weekend, marking the fourth player to commit to head coach Donnie Jones in the last two weeks.

The hot streak for UCF began with ESPN 60 power forward Alex Owens (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge) on Sept. 17, grew a day later with junior point guard Corey Sanders (Lakeland, Fla./IMG Academy), continued to gain momentum late last week with 2015 power forward Chad Brown (Deltona, Fla./Deltona) and was punctuated by Henriquez's decision on Sunday morning.

Why he committed: Henriquez was previously committed to Miami and continued to make staying close to home a priority during his second time through the process. He picked UCF over Butler, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Creighton.


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Jahlil Okafor, Tyus JonesESPN, Icon SMIJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have discussed going to school together and the ESPN 100 prospects have scheduled several official visits as a tandem.
One of the lasting themes of the Class of 2014 has been the perpetual rumors of package deals, and yet as we get closer to and closer to November’s early signing period we’re still waiting for the first to come to fruition.

With that in mind, we examined the most rumored potential package deals in the country and set the odds in order to determine which have the best chance of actually happening.

First though, it’s necessary to define what a “package deal” is. In it’s purest form, it would be a situation where two or more prospects are recruited in unison and make one collaborative decision. But there really aren’t many situations currently like that in the 2014 class, with one notable exception.

Instead, most of the recent talk around “package deals” really reflects prospects that could potentially end up at the same school, even if they don’t go through the recruiting process together. As such, that is the definition which we’ll operate under for the purposes of this article and projecting the likelihood of such deals actually happening.


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Adonys Henriquez decommits from Miami 

August, 28, 2013
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Four-star SG Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep), who is No. 46 in the ESPN 100, confirmed that he has decommitted from Miami, a program he has been committed to since December 19th, 2012.

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Reggie Rankin/ESPNAdonys Henriquez decommitted from Miami and other programs, including Tennessee, UCF, Clemson, USC and Vandy, wasted no time offering the ESPN 100 shooting guard.
"There was nothing negative that brought on this decision. I just wanted to weight my options, to make sure I wanted to stay in state vs. looking out of state,” Henriquez said. “I want to still consider Miami."

Henriquez, a smooth, crafty, wing scorer, said the recent commitments of ESPN 100 PG Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) and SG James Palmer (Washington, DC/Saint John's College High School) had no bearing on his decision.

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The Miami Hurricanes backcourt is now solidified for years to come.

Head coach Jim Larranaga landed a commitment from ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) on Wednesday, just two days after shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John’s) popped for the Hurricanes to start the week.

Newton and Palmer join ESPN 100 swingman Adonys Henriquez, who committed last December, in a recruiting class that is now ranked No. 6 in the nation for 2014.

And when you add the three 2014 commitments to the six recruits Miami signed in the Class of 2013, Larranaga and his staff have essentially rebuilt three-quarters of the roster in the last year.

The Canes aren’t done recruiting in the 2014 class, either. While the backcourt is set for the foreseeable future, they’d still like to add a boost to their frontcourt before all is said and done.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsESPN 100 PG Ja'Quan Newton is a key piece of Miami's backcourt rebuilding job.
But make no mistake about it, Miami has done a remarkable job rebuilding its backcourt and is now as well positioned as any school in the ACC for the next four years -- not just with a wealth of talent and versatility but also with a series of individual pieces that fit together in a potentially precise way.

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Miami stays hot, lands ESPN 100 PG 

August, 7, 2013
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The reconstruction of the Miami Hurricanes’ backcourt is complete -- at least as far as the 2014 recruiting class is concerned. ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) committed to the Hurricanes on Wednesday after considering Minnesota, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Newton is the second Miami commitment in the last three days after shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John’s) picked the Hurricanes on Monday. In addition, ESPN 100 combo guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) pledged last December.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton committed to Miami over Minnesota, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.
With three talented perimeter players, including a pair of ESPN 100 prospects, Miami moves into the 2014 class rankings at No. 6.

Newton, who is ranked No. 67 overall in the Class of 2014, will take his official visit to Miami on Sept. 14.

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Palmer adds shooting to Hurricanes 

August, 5, 2013
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Fresh off a strong summer performance, Class of 2014 shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John's) committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday night over offers from Wake Forest, VCU, Memphis and Cincinnati.

Palmer joins ESPN 100 shooting guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) in Miami’s 2014 class to give coach Jim Larranaga a shooter in Palmer and a scoring playmaker in Henriquez.

What will Palmer bring to Miami?

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Miami adds D.C. shooting guard

August, 5, 2013
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Miami landed a verbal commitment from Class of 2014 shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John's) on Monday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Palmer held offers from Radford, Rutgers, St. Joseph's and Towson, among others. He joins ESPN 100 SG Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) in the Hurricanes' 2014 class.

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