While this season Norshad AmirFor the first time with the Hurricanes, he played competitive basketball in the Miami area.
Omer attended Miami Prep as a graduate student from 2019-20, and dominated in his only season at school. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 26.7 points and 20.3 rebounds per game in 46 games. He led his team to 41-5.
Despite his success after graduation, Omer did not receive much attention from the first division schools, despite his desire to play with the Hurricanes. He signed his letter of intent with the college that made him an offer: Arkansas State.
“I was playing for Miami middle school, and I got drafted in high school, I always wanted to play for Miami,” Omer said. “Making this dream come true, it’s just like, I can’t explain it. It feels really good and I’m happy to be in this city.”
The Nicaraguan native was influential in the two seasons he spent in Arkansas.
Omier averaged 15.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in 52 games with the Red Wolves. He was even named MVP at the Sunbelt Conference (SBC) at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season.
One of the things that drew Umier to Miami was last year’s NCAA Championships. The Hurricanes advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in the program’s history, and the striker watched and admired the tenacity shown by his future team.
“They never give up,” Amir said of what he learned about hurricanes during their tournament journey. “Miami struggled a little bit… I just see the players, they never gave up. They work hard, they play hard and made history last year. I want to be a part of history and do great things.”
However, Miami’s success on the field wasn’t the only factor in Omier’s choice to commit to UM. His relationship with Miami coach Jim Laranaga, the most winning coach in the program’s history, also had an influence on his decision.
“There are so many wonderful things to talk about [Larrañaga]Amir said. “The way he coaches, the way he tries… to bring it every day. You learn something new from him every moment. I love sitting and talking to him about life, not just basketball, but when it comes to basketball it’s crazy how much knowledge is that he has about it because he’s been on it for a minute now so I like it.”
Laranaga has high expectations for Omier in Miami, but the head coach understands the leap in competition he will face from SBC to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which routinely sends front-court players to the professional leagues on an annual basis.
“The most important thing for Norshad is to jump from a master intermediate to advanced training center (ACC) and overcome the amount of athlete we face every night,” said the head coach.
Larrañaga added, “Norshad is a guy with high energy. He’s physically strong. He jumps well. He has a nice shooting touch, but he’s also kind of young in the game in terms of what college basketball looked like. He’s learning our way of doing things, and hopefully he’ll get Lots of help from his teammates.”
The 2021–22 SBC Defensive Player of the Year assistance likely comes from the Kansas State transfer Nigel Buckas well as returning veterans Isaiah Wong And the Jordan Miller.
Even with such veteran leadership already in Miami, Omier took on the responsibility of helping incoming freshmen transition from high school to college basketball.
The Year One in Miami 2022 has three players in the front yard AJ CaseyAnd the Saleh Air And the Danilo Jovanovicas well as 6 feet and 7 guards Christian Watson. Omer took these freshmen under his wing in hopes of helping lead the Hurricanes to their first-ever National Championship.
“I try to be a leader every day on the court… I’ve been in college for a while, so I try to help the new students every day,” Omer said. “I just try to do everything, we want to win the championship. If you need to just bounce back, don’t score, just play hard every day, I just want to do whatever it takes to win the championship.”
Omer and Miami are off to a strong start in this championship endeavor. The Hurricanes defeated the IUP in an exhibition match last Saturday, with Omier scoring 10 points in an effective 5-on-7 shot from the field as well as his strong rebounding and solid defense.
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