Miami basketball receives big boost with 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 /

Guard Kameron McGusty is taking advantage of the extra year granted by the NCAA and has decided to return to the Miami basketball program for the 2021-22 season. McGusty announced via social media on Tuesday he is withdrawing his name from the 2022 NBA Draft. Guard Isaiah Wong remains in the draft of now.

McGusty was second on the Miami basketball team with an average of 13.3 points per game among regulars during the 2021-22 season. In an injury-filled season throughout the Hurricanes roster, McGusty started 18 of the 20 games he played last season but missed seven contests with a hamstring injury.

McGusty returns to be a starter in the backcourt with transfer Charlie Moore from DePaul at point guard and the other spot open depending on if Wong returns or stays in the NBA Draft. The decision by McGusty is important to add an experienced player in the Miami basketball program entering the 2021-22 season.

Miami also added swingman Jordan Miller as a transfer from George Mason. Miller is projected to be a starter for Miami. Harlond Beverly is the only other returning guard for Miami in 2021-22. Miami signed guard Nisine Poplar and forward Jakari Robinson and have a commitment from guard Bensley Joseph in the Class of 2021.

Miami has not had a winning season since 2017-18. If Wong returns and Miami can stay healthy they have an excellent chance to end that streak. Even without Wong, Miami should have enough depth for a much better season in 2021-22. The return of McGusty guarantees Miami nine scholarship players including incoming freshmen.

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The return by McGusty also adds some stability to the Hurricanes roster that has suffered a lot of attrition over the past few seasons. Five Miami basketball players transferred following the 2020-21 season. McGusty enters his final season providing critical experience on and off the court for the 2021-22 season.