Miami basketball would get big boost from Kameron McGusty return

Mar 9, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami basketball guard Kameron McGusty is entering the NBA Draft while leaving open the possibility he will return for the 2021-2022 season. McGusty posted to Twitter on Monday making his announcement. McGusty is not expected to be drafted according to a consensus mock draft on NBADraft.Net.

McGusty was second on Miami averaging 13.3 points per game and 2.8 assists while contributing 3.8 rebounds per game. Miami is only expected to Harlond Beverly at guard for the 2021-22 season. Leading scorer Isaiah Wong is also considering entering the 2021-22 NBA Draft. Miami added guard Jordan Miller as a transfer.

Miami signed shooting guard Nisine Poplar and small forward Jakai Robinson to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November in the Class of 2021. The Hurricanes also have a commitment from point guard Bensley Joseph in the Class of 2021 who has not signed his LOI yet.

McGusty arrived at Miami in 2018 as a transfer from Oklahoma. After sitting out the 2018-19 season, McGusty has averaged 12.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 2.1 APG in 48 games with 39 starts in two seasons with Miami. Injuries have hindered McGusty and the Hurricanes during his two seasons in Coral Gables.

Miami lost four players to the transfer portal after the 2020-21 season. If McGusty and Wong return to Miami for the 2021-22 season it would be a huge boost to the roster. Including Poplar, Robinson and Miller, Miami is projected to have eight scholarship players on their roster for next season.

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Division I teams are allowed to carry 13 scholarship players. The Miami basketball program is active in the transfer portal hoping to add more players for the 2020-21 season. Miami has been short scholarships for the last three seasons. The Hurricanes enter 2021-22 coming off three straight losing seasons.