On Tuesday afternoon, reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year and Arkansas State transfer Norchad Omier committed to Jim Larrañaga and the Miami Hurricanes. Omier picked the Hurricanes over Florida State, Texas Tech, and Georgetown.
After earning Sun Belt Rookie of the Year honors in 2020-2021, Omier followed up his impressive freshman campaign as the Sun Belt Player of the Year, averaging 17.9 PPG, 12.2 RPG, and 2.0 BPG. He originally entered the transfer portal following his breakout freshman season, but decided to return to Jonesboro.
When Omier entered the transfer portal in early April, he addressed what he was looking for in his new home.
“You don’t want to make a mistake and go to the wrong program,” said Omier. “You want to go to the right program where you can showcase your skills.”
The Bluefields, Nicaragua native spent a post-graduate year at Miami Prep, where his basketball journey began to unfold under Pilin Alvarez. Omier’s past will now be the sight of his future as a Miami Hurricane.
The 6-foot-7 big man hopes his future at Miami includes growth in his game. “I want to put the ball on the floor a little bit more, have the freedom to pass the ball, and extend my range a little bit more.”
Omier, the first Nicaraguan to player Division I basketball, joins former Kansas State star Nijel Pack as Miami pledges from the portal.
The 20-year old has three years of eligibility remaining and will provide an impactful low-post presence on both ends of the floor. With an opportunity to replicate the Hurricanes’ deep tournament run, Norchad Omier now has a second home and the second chapter of his story.