Miami Lands JUCO Big Man Uceda


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Harcum College (Pa.) junior college forward/center Ivan Uceda has committed to Miami (Fl.), sources confirmed to

Uceda is the Hurricanes’ fourth commitment for the Class of 2014, joining combo guard Ja’Quan Newton (Neumann-Goretti, Pa.) , shooting guard James Palmer (St. John’s College HS, D.C.) and most recently center Omar Sherman (Prime Prep, Tx.).

“I think he’s a really, really talented kid and just brings a lot of things to the table,” Harcum assistant Kevon Davis told “Great kid, extremely hard worker, and he wants to be a great player.”

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man is a native of Madrid, Spain. Last month, he told that he had offers from Marquette, Ohio State, Penn State and Villanova in addition to Miami. When he arrives on campus as a Hurricane next fall, he’ll give Jim Larranaga quality minutes on both ends of the court. 

A talented offensive player, Uceda has great hands and footwork, with a variety of post moves and a nice 15-foot jumper as well. Last year, he set the Harcum College record for rebounds in one season, and has a chance to break the two-year college’s all-time record in that mark.”

“He brings a very versatile skill set,” Davis said. “His ability to shoot 3s and put the ball on the floor and go get rebounds against physical guys. He probably brings a unique skill set to them, I haven’t seen a lot of big men in junior college that have his ability.”

Josh Verlin is the editor and owner of, which covers Philadelphia-area high school and collegiate basketball. 

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