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Five-star forward Dewan Huell commits to Hurricanes

In the span of three hours, Miami's recruiting class has gone from unranked to just inside the top 10.

Five-star forward Dewan Huell chose the Hurricanes' men's basketball team Wednesday afternoon, giving Miami its second top-30 commitment of the day.

No. 30-ranked Bruce Brown chose Miami over Indiana earlier in the day.

Huell, ranked No. 21 in the ESPN 100 for 2016, had considered Miami, Florida State and South Carolina for most of his recruitment, with Mississippi State trying to get involved late in the process. Most expected it to be an in-state battle between Miami and Florida State, but Huell dropped the Seminoles on Tuesday night and narrowed things to Miami and South Carolina. Huell officially visited both campuses, but he also took multiple unofficial trips recently to Miami, and sources have said that Huell goes to most of the Hurricanes' home football games.

Huell attends Norland (Fla.), which is just 30 minutes from Miami's campus.

"They're down the street," said Lawton Williams, Huell's high school coach.

"Stay home, your city, your town. They made him more comfortable."

A 6-foot-9 power forward, Huell is ranked No. 5 at his position for the 2016 class. He's long and athletic and continues to expand his offensive game. Huell can face up from the foul line extended and knock down shots, but he's also solid in the low post with his back to the basket. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds on the Under Armour Association circuit in the spring, including seven double-doubles and a 37-point, 14-rebound performance.

"If he does what he does well, he can help them rebound and bring toughness," Williams said. "He's gotten stronger. Strength adds so much to your game. It helps you rebounding, defensively, his stamina is better. He's more sure of what he wants to do with the ball now, he's bounding out of his area better."

Huell brings Miami's class to the No. 9 spot overall in the 2016 rankings. Huell and Brown are ESPN 100 prospects, and they join four-star center Rodney Miller. Jim Larranaga's program needed a big class in 2016, and Wednesday certainly helped the Hurricanes in that regard. Expect them to continue to pursue multiple prospects, including ESPN 100 wing Alpha Diallo, into the spring. They'll also likely explore the transfer market.

This is the second tough loss of the early signing period for South Carolina, which also struck out with ESPN 100 guard Seventh Woods last week. The Gamecocks were in the final two for both Woods and Huell.