BASKETBALL: Buffalo adds JUCO big man
FOOTBALL: RedHawks add Ohio State to 2019 schedule
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Miami University men’s basketball coach Jack Owens announced the signing of Nike Sibande (Indianapolis, Ind./Crispus Attucks) to a scholarship on Wednesday. Sibande will begin play for the RedHawks during the 2017-18 season.
Sibande, a 6-3 guard, is a four-year letterwinner for Crispus Attucks High School. As a senior he averaged 22.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in leading Tigers to the Class 3A championship this past season. He scored 23 points in the championship game. SIbande was named to the 2017 IBCA Subway Senior All-State Supreme 15 as one of the top 15 seniors in the state of Indiana. He also earned High Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Associated Press.
“Nike brings a lot of athleticism and skill to our team,” said Owens. “He will be a great help to our guard position and I am looking forward to working with him as a defensive player who can guard a top wing in our league.”
Sibande joins Jalen Adaway (Logansport, Ind./Logansport), Isaiah Coleman-Lands (Indianapolis, Ind./La Lumiere School), Darrian Ringo (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg/Eastern Arizona/Midland) and Dalonte Brown (Toledo, Ohio/Bowsher) as part of Coach Owens’ first recruiting class.
University at Buffalo head men's basketball coach Nate Oats has announced the addition of Montell McRae for the upcoming 2017-18 season. An athletic big man from South Plains Junior College, McRae will have two seasons of eligibility remaining for the Bulls.
McRae played for a South Plains team that went 32-2 and 16-0 in the WJCAC, known to be one of the toughest Junior College conferences in the country. The team was ranked #1 for the entire season, before finishing third at the National Tournament.
McRae, who is ranked #58 nationally amongst the best junior college players in the nation by JUCORecruiting.com, had 18 points in a 93-80 win over Odessa College and followed that up one game later by scoring 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in a 104-78 win over New Mexico Junior College.
McRae hails from Cleveland, OH where he played his high school ball at Cleveland Central Catholic. He was named All-District Honorable Mention during his senior season where Cleveland Central Catholic finished as Division II state runner ups.
"We are ecstatic to get someone of Montell's caliber into our program," said head coach Nate Oats. "Montell has been a winner everywhere he has been, first at high school and then at the JUCO level. We knew we needed an athletic, skilled big man that could play above the rim and Coach Hodgson did a great job in getting us Montell McRae. He comes from the same junior college program as David Kadiri, and we looked forward to him giving us the same athleticism and energy these next two years that we got from DK."
McRae joins a talented recruiting class that already features the #2 ranked player from JUCORecruiting.com in Jeremy Harris, as well as outstanding incoming freshmen James Reese and Jayvon Graves, who were both named players of the year in their respective states.
Athletics departments from both Miami University and Ohio State University have announced that the RedHawks will travel to Columbus, Ohio for a football contest on September 21, 2019 at Ohio Stadium.
Miami last played at Ohio State in 2012 and is 0-5 all-time versus the Buckeyes.
The 2019 contest versus OSU completes Miami’s football schedule for the next three seasons. Following this year’s slate are:
Sept. 1: vs. Marshall
Sept. 8: at Cincinnati
Sept. 15: at Minnesota
Oct. 20: at Army
Aug. 31: at Iowa
Sept. 7: vs. Presbyterian
Sept. 14: vs. Cincinnati
Sept. 21: at Ohio State