The Miami men’s basketball team has one of the best offenses in the country.
The Hurricanes have on average just under 78 points per game, which is third best in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and in the top 40 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (NCAA). Everyone knows how important players like Isaiah Wong, Nijel Pack, and Jordan Miller are to Miami’s offense. But guard Harlond Beverly is often overlooked even though he is just as important to the success of the Canes.
Beverly is a great bench piece. She was born in Detroit and went to Montverde Academy. The fourth-year junior can score from anywhere on the court, from inside the paint to a few feet outside the 3-point line, and he does it well. This season, Beverly is shooting 45% from the field, 30% from 3-point range, and 88% from the free throw line, which are all career highs.
He also adds height to a Miami team that isn’t big enough. Beverly is 6 feet 6 inches tall. His length helps the team a lot on defense, especially at the guard position, where he plays. Even though Pack has played for almost 350 more minutes than Beverly, the two players are tied with five steals. Beverly is five inches taller than Pack.
Pack said, “Harlond is a great player in every way.” “Seeing him play is like getting a boost. I’ve seen him make some crazy passes and show off his athleticism. I’m also impressed by how well he plays defense. When he comes into the game, we put him on a player we know he can stop when we need a big stop. The level he’s playing for us right now is great.”
Even though his play on the court is inspiring, his journey in basketball is even more so.
Beverly missed most of the 2021–2022 season because a back injury she got the year before still hurt her. Because of this, he didn’t play basketball for ten months and kept wondering if he’d ever get back on the court.
“Back surgery is often the end of a career,” said Jim Larraaga, the head coach of Miami. “Harlond worked very hard to find his way back. He worked hard and got himself in great shape.”
Beverly was out when Miami became the first team in program history to make it to the Elite Eight. After being away for 10 months, he was more than ready to help.
Beverly said after Miami beat Boston College on January 11: “I didn’t get to play last year, and [last year’s team] was great, so I just wanted to be a part of another great team like that.” “It feels good to be a part of the way we’re playing right now.”
Now, Beverly is showing the fans of Miami what he can really do. He scored 15 points against Boston College, which was his season high. He made 6 of 7 shots from the field. In the next game, against Syracuse, he scored 16 points in just over 20 minutes, which was a new season high. As the season has gone on, his minutes have also gone up, making him an even more important part of Miami’s rotation.
DJ Erving, an assistant coach for Miami, said that Beverly worked hard to get in shape and be healthy. “I think he’s finally getting into a groove, and I think the most important thing is that he’s embracing his role on the team. He’s such a smart basketball player, and he lets the game come to him. I think it’s great that he was still learning the game while he was out. What he is doing doesn’t surprise me.”