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Miami lands Sun Belt basketball player of the year Norchad Omier

Another talented college basketball transfer is heading to Coral Gables.

Former Arkansas State forward Norchad Omier, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound junior who won the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award last season, announced Tuesday after- noon that he had been chosen to attend the University of Miami. He picked the Hurricanes over Florida State, Georgetown and Texas Tech.

Omier averaged 17.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks while shooting 63.5 percent from the field last season.

Omier, who entered the portal on March 31 and was classified as Athleticismthe seventh-best transfer available, joins a Hurricanes team that needs help in its frontcourt after the departure of Sam Waardenburg and two backcourt starters after a 26-win season that ended in a loss to the eventual national champion from Kansas in the Elite Eight.

On Saturday, the Hurricanes replaced standout point guard Charlie Moore in former Kansas State guard Nijel Pack.

Shortly after Pack’s engagement was announced, Florida-based health-tech company LifeWallet said it had signed him to a name, image and likeness deal of two years for $400,000 per year. Pack will also receive a car as part of the deal. Omier is expected to receive a similar package.

LifeWallet recently signed deals with two other Miami basketball players, including guard Isaiah Wong, a third-team All-ACC who announced Monday that he is entering the 2022 NBA draft while maintaining eligibility for a potential return.

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