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Miami Basketball: 4-Star combo guard Isaiah Wong commits to the Hurricanes

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Miami Basketball has been looking for a quality prospect to jumpstart its 2019 recruiting class. They found one in Isaiah Wong, a combo guard ranked in the top-100.

The Miami Hurricanes basketball program has experienced the best three-year period in their history.  Head coach Jim Larrañaga has built the program into a consistent winner in a mere seven years. This new-found success on the court has led Miami to be a consistent player in some top recruits in the last seven years. The Hurricane program has used the success on the recruiting trail and the recent success on the court to become a legitimate power in the ACC. Rising to the top is not nearly as hard as staying at the top for several years.

The Hurricanes landed another top recruit today. A player who fits in with what Miami is trying to do on both ends of the floor and is a perfect fit for their system. Isaiah Wong announced his commitment to the Hurricanes this morning.  The 2019 combo guard chose the Hurricanes over offers from Pittsburgh, UCONN, Clemson and Villanova. That is an impressive offer list for the newest commitment for Larrañaga.  Wong is the player that the Hurricane program is going to hang their hat on, as they have landed their top target.

Wong is going to fit in with the long list of guards that have led the Hurricanes to the NCAA tournament. As mentioned above Wong is a combo guard who makes his way to Miami from New Jersey.  The Miami fans are going to love their latest commitment. The New Jersey native is an aggressive player when he has the ball in his hands, while always hunting his shot or a way to create offense. While creating for his teammates and himself is his forte, the guard is also drawing a crowd and makes winning plays without the ball in his hands. His feel for the game as a young player is what sets him apart from most other guards.

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On the summer circuit the guard played on the Under Armor Circuit and ran with WeR1 program.  On that team, he paired up with Villanova commit Eric Dixon to wreak havoc on the other teams in the summer. While playing for WeR1, the guard showed his ability to take over a game at any moment. His athleticism and his ability to score from all three levels make him a game plan nightmare for many coaches.

When watching Wong play one of the aspects of his game that stood out the most was his ability to guard the best player on the floor for the opposing team. He looks to get extremely motivated when presented with the challenge. With the activity on the defensive side of the ball, the guard is also a great rebounder. Wong is often able to grab rebounds and use his athleticism to lead the break, which leads to easy offense.

Hurricane fans are getting a confident player, who has a bulldog mentality when he is on the floor. He can score points fast and has qualities you would find in a natural leader.  If Wong adjust to the college game quickly, which is natural skill suggests he will. The guard will be fighting for minutes early for Coach Larrañaga.

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The commitment of the New Jersey native will help further the momentum for the Hurricane program. Coach Larrañaga and his staff secured a big time player who will do big things during his time in College.