In two seasons with the program, Lykes has scored over 700 points and could reach 800 by the end of the season. If he does decide to play four seasons for the Hurricanes, he could put himself in a position to crack the top-10 on Miami’s career scoring list. But who would he be fighting with to move into that list in Coral Gables, Florida?
Here is a look at the 10 best scorers in Miami Hurricanes History
10. Dick Hickox, 1958-61
Career points scored: 1,529
Hickox’s name is all over the Hurricane’s record book, mostly for his ability to score. His best season came in the 1959-60 season when he averaged 22.1 points per game, the eighth best season in school history for average and point total.
9. Dennis Burns, 1985-89
Career points scored: 1,594
Not only was Burns always a threat to score, but he was a really good defensive player, too. He sits in the Canes’ record book for steals and blocks, leading the team in steals during the 1987-88 season and is eighth all-time in blocked shots. During his four NCAA seasons at Miami, Burns averaged 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Hist best scoring season came in his last — the 1989 season — when he averaged 15.9 points per game.
8. Durand Scott, 2009-13
Career points scored: 1,650
Durand Scott came out of high school from NYC as an extremely sought-after recruit, and he showed why immediately when he arrived in Coral Gables. During all four seasons, he averaged double-figures in scoring. He finished top-three on the team in scoring during all four years and led the team his junior season in 2011-12. He was a key part of the 2012-13 season when the Hurricanes were one of the top teams in the country and won the ACC regular season and tournament titles.
His best game came in the ACC Tournament, when he dropped 32 points in a win against NC State. His best scoring season was the 2010-11 season as a sophomore, when he averaged 13.6 points.
7. Jack McClinton, 2006-09
Career points scored: 1,702
In three seasons with the Hurricanes, McClinton was a force. He averaged 17.9 points during his time in Miami, with his best season at 19.3 points per game. If his freshman season at Siena could count toward the record book, McClinton would move up to the No. 3 spot with 2,110 points in his career. The record book is littered with his name due to his high volume of shooting and scoring. He has some extremely impressive numbers such as the most points in a half since 2004-05, when he scored 32 in a half against St. Mary’s. McClinton is fifth all-time in 20-point games with 37 during his career.
6. Tim James, 1995-99
Career points scored: 1,713
One of the best two-way players in school history, Tim James finished not only high in scoring, but is also fifth in career rebounds and second in blocked shots. During the 1998-99 season, he was named Big East Player of the Year when he averaged 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks.
5. Robert Hite, 2002-06
Career points scored: 1,717
Robert Hite and Guillermo Diaz were the players that I watched when I first began watching Miami Hurricanes basketball. Hite put up awesome numbers during his four years in Miami, averaging 14.2 points over his career and 16.2 in his final three seasons. His best scoring season came during the 2004-05 season when he averaged 17.3 points and five rebounds as a junior.
4. Darius Rice, 2000-04
Career points scored: 1,865
Darius Rice was a prolific scorer during all four seasons in Coral Gables, averaging over 14 points each year. He finished his career averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. During the 2002-03 season, he put up a career-best 18.7 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds. He is sixth all-time with 35 games with 20 points and is third in made 3-pointers.
3. Don Curnutt, 1967-70
Career points scored: 2,006
Don Curnutt was absolutely dominant in three seasons with the Hurricanes. In all three years, he averaged over 22 points per game with his second and third seasons going over 27 points per game. His three seasons rank as the third, fourth, and sixth best for scoring average in a season in school history. His last season for Miami was during the 1969-70 season, and he averaged 28.4 points per game. If he would have played four seasons in Coral Gables, there is no doubt he would be the school’s all-time leading scorer.
2. Eric Brown, 1985-89
Career points scored: 2,270
The men’s basketball program returned in a big way with Eric Brown leading the the team, averaging at least 15.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in all four seasons. In his career, he averaged 18.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. He has the third-most points scored in a season in school history and the fifth best points averaged with 24.7 points per game during his final season to go along with eight rebounds.
1. Rick Barry, 1962-65
Career points scored: 2,298
If there is a scoring record at Miami, there is a good chance Rick Barry owns it. In three seasons, Barry averaged 29.8 points and 16.5 rebounds. During his third and final season as a Hurricane, he put up video-game like numbers with averages of 37.4 points and 18.3 rebounds. He has the top-eight scoring games in school history, with his best game going for 59 points against Rollins in 1965.
Except for 3-point shooting, Barry is basically the leader in every scoring and rebounding category in school history. It is actually quite amazing that any player is as close as Eric Brown is for a career point total.
It is easy to see how he went on to become one of the best players in the NBA for 15 seasons and be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In his pro career, he averaged 24.8 points and 6.7 rebounds, which are numbers that were watered down during his final few seasons. During his second season for the Warriors, he averaged 35.6 points and 9.2 rebounds.