Despite odds longer than a full-court buzzer beater, Frank Haith and his hardwood Hurricanes might actually be one of the finalists to land the nation's best high school player.
John Wall, the nation's consensus no. 1 recruit, is said to be considering lacing up for UM - a coup almost as big for the 'Canes as Wall declaring them the lucky recipients of his services.
A source close to Miami's program has said that during Wall's recruiting visit to Coral Gables last week, the 6'4" guard from Raleigh's Word of God Christian Academy told Haith his decision would come down to Kentucky and Miami, according to Jorge Milan of the Palm Beach Post.
Naturally, recruiting whispers come buried under a pile of salt. And the news differs from the 19-year-old's public statement that he will whittle his options down to three or four from Duke, North Carolina State, Baylor, Kentucky, Miami, Florida, Kansas and Memphis any moment now.
But...you're telling us there's a chance! None of the experts had Miami in the running, so snagging Wall would be massive for Haith's recruiting.
The phenom would be a top five pick in this year's NBA draft but for a rule regarding age limits keeping him out of the pros for another year.
So the 6'4" guard must spend a year in college beating the ladies off with a stick (or not), and starting as a college freshman while awaiting the millions to come.
It's not a tough life, but it's apparently been a tough decision.
Wall has been dragging his feet while the world waits and waits, giving more fuel to wild rumors and fantasies of Wall in orange and green.
Even if it doesn't pan out, the hint that Wall was interested in the Canes is great news.
Other prospects hear the same rumors and their perceptions could change from UM as just a free recruting trip to a basketball destination desirable enough for even the great Wall to take seriously.
After all, it was little more than a month ago that UM was eliminated from the NIT.
"I’m not going to lie," Wall told Scout.com after his weekend hosted by graduating Hurricanes star Jack McClinton. "I wasn’t really considering them that hard, but I hadn’t taken a visit there and I didn’t know how it was going to be and how the coaches were. After I took the visit it really opened my eyes up...I knew it was going to be nice in Florida, but didn’t know how it was school-wise and that all the players from different sports get along great."
Hey, if you're only going to play college ball for one year, might as well do it at Miami. The squad could use a new hero, and the scenery's not too bad, either.