Since the end of the 2021-22 college basketball season, much of the hype has centered around the transfer portal. Miami was definitely one of the biggest gate winners this spring, getting a lot of press, good or bad, regarding the signing of the former Kansas State Guard. Nigel Buck and LifeWallet NIL’s reported two-year deal of $800,000.
Buck was one of the country’s top scorers, and his move to Miami undoubtedly deserves the headlines, but it’s not the only weapon coach Jim Laranaga and Keynes have added to their roster.
Enters Norshad Amira third-year striker from Nicaragua who just moved to The U after averaging 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game at Arkansas State last year, with his rebounding ranked fourth in college basketball.
Omier played ball in high school at the local Miami Prep and returns to familiar territory after taking complete control of the Red Wolves. He’s played much more than his listed height is 6’7″ under the boards and Omier is the definition of a “high engine” player. His defensive ability, with 1.6 steals and two blocks per contest, adds to his overall stick value.
What a sophomore lacks in height, he more than makes up for in athletics. The Omier is one of the rarest college-level combinations of speed, strength, and vaulting ability. If he decides to put on some shoulder pads, it will be a naturally narrow end.
But Omer is not just defensive terrorism. He fired 63% from the field. Most of his buckets come from short distance, but his talent for getting through defenders rather than around them puts him in the wrong line a bit. He’s shot 73% of the charity tape and is likely to improve that number while wearing his Miami uniform.
The Hurricanes had no player averaging six rebounds per game last year, but at least they’ll bring back two of their top three rebounds this winter (G Jordan Miller5.9 rebounds per game, goalkeeper Isaiah Wong– 4.3 RPG). The fact that the top three goalkeepers in Miami last season were goalkeepers (goalkeeper Cameron Magsti – 4.9 RPG) tells you everything you need to know about hurricanes problems on glass and exactly how much Omier they need to play in paint.
After reaching the Elite Eight round of March Madness for the first time in the program’s history and adding two star-caliber transitions, hopes are high for the Hurricanes this upcoming season. Most outlets have picked Miami to finish fourth or fifth in the ACC so far, but if Omier can produce at the level he is used to, Canes may have a better chance of finishing in the top three in the ACC than many people think.
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