Hurricanes standout Norchad Omier will reportedly declare for NBA draft

The Hurricanes are poised to lose a key member of their team for next season.

Standout forward Norchad Omier is entering the NBA draft, Omier told CBS Sports. Omier is the second Hurricane to put his name for the draft following freshman guard Kyshawn George.

Omier, a Nicaragua native, spent two seasons with Miami after transferring from Arkansas State. Over his two seasons at UM, Omier averaged 14.9 points and 10 rebounds.

Omier was a key member of Miami’s Final Four run in 2023, playing with an injured ankle in the postseason. He submitted his name for the draft after the season but later withdrew and returned to UM. He could do the same this year.

This season, Omier averaged a double-double for the fourth time in his career, notching 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. He earned second-team All-ACC honors.

Miami has two draft-eligible players who have not announced their plans for next season: guard Wooga Poplar and guard Matt Cleveland.

The Hurricanes have lost six other players this offseason: George to the NBA draft and five players — A.J. Casey, Bensley Joseph, Michael Nwoko, Jakai Robinson and Christian Watson — to the transfer portal.

Miami has added size to its roster this offseason, signing 6-foot-10 center Lynn Kidd from Virginia Tech and 6-foot-8 forward Brandon Johnson from East Carolina.