What you don't know about the 'Canes
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 05:12:54 PM EDT
Despite playing in the Sweet 16 and gaining national fame as one of the best teams in the country, there's still a lot unknown about the Miami Hurricanes basketball team.
With the Canes facing Marquette in the East Regional semi-finals on Thursday in Washington, we thought we'd help you prepare for the game with some things that you may not have known about the guys in orange and green.
- Miami guard Shane Larkin was given the nickname SugaShane by "Prime Time" Deion Sanders, Larkin's favorite athlete growing up.
- Canes guard Trey McKinney Jones comes from an athletic family as his uncle, Mark Jones, played for the Orlando Magic and his aunt, Esther Jones, was a member of the National Champion track and field team at LSU in 1990. McKinney Jones was offered track scholarships by Marquette and Minnesota.
- Basketball is in Rion Brown's blood since his father, Tico, played hoops at Georgia Tech.
- If Erik Swoope looks limber when he's on the court, you can thank his four years of yoga for that.
- Before hitting 7'0", Tonye Jekiri wanted to play soccer. Jekiri chose to wear the number 23 on his jersey because his birthday is July 23.
- Kenny Kadji is one of three players born in Africa. Kadji was born in Douala, Cameroon, while Raphael Akpejiori and Tonye Jekiri are from Nigeria.
- Reggie Johnson is a big, big guy... but he's also wide. Johnson's wingspan reachs 7'2"!
- Julian Gamble traveled to Africa in the summer of 2008 on a tour with Athletes in Action and played hoops with other collegians while hosting basketball clinics for local kids.