What you don't know about the 'Canes

Published On: Mar 25 2013 05:05:29 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 05:12:54 PM EDT

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Shane Larkin, Miami: The son of former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Shane Larkin led the Hurricanes with 13.7 points, 131 assists and 59 steals in the regular season.

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.

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