The Miami basketball team signed 6’9, 240-pound Canadian center Michael Nwoko in the Class of 2023 to add size to 6’8 A.J. Casey and 6’11 Favor Aire who were 2022 Hurricanes signees. Nwoko is the only 2023 early signee for Miami. Nwoko is the 106th player, 13th center and 15th in California in the 2023 class.
Nwoko is originally from Milton, Ontario but plays for Prolific Prep in Napa, California. Miami should return everyone on its frontline for the 2023-24 season. Starting 6’7 250 pound, third-year sophomore post Norchad Omier and fourth-year junior Anthony Walker will be the primary frontline players for Miami in 2023-24.
Per Inside the U Nwoko averaged 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in five games playing for the Canadian National Team in August. After frequently playing with undersized teams in recent seasons, Jim Larranaga has been able to begin adding size in the last two signing classes with Aire and Casey and now Nwoko.
Walker is the only veteran player on the 2022-23 Miami basketball roster who is 6’9 or taller. Miami will definitely lose wing Jordan Miller and Walker will graduate after the 2022-2023 season with the potential of leaving the Hurricanes. Nwoko is a rim protector who will provide Miami with a low post scorer.
The addition of Nwoko provides the Miami lineup versatility in the future. Head coach Jim Larranaga could choose to play Casey at small forward, Aire at power forward and Nwoko at center if he wants to go big. Miami started the 6’6 Miller at power forward during their 2022 run to the Midwest Regional final.
In addition to Aire and Carey Miami signed small forwards, 6’7 Danilo Jovanovich and 6’6 Christian Watson in the 2022 Class. Miami will have a significantly bigger roster in 2022-23. Miami could choose to add a player during the spring signing period on April 12. The Hurricanes could have roster movement after the 2022-23 season.
The prowess of Nwoko as a rebounder will be an important addition to the Miami basketball roster. Omier had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Miami in the season opener. Miami was outrebounded 25.2 to 23.3 during the 2021-22 season. Nwoko will help change that in the future.