Miami basketball 2023-24 starting lineup set with Nijel Pack returning

Mar 30, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 30, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The starting lineup for the 2023-24 Miami basketball team should be set with the announcement by guard Nijel Pack he is returning to the program for next season. Pack announced his return on Friday after reports that forward Norchad Omier is returning came out late on Thursday night.

Pack averaged 13.6 points per game, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, shot 44.3 percent from the floor, 40.4 percent on three-point attempts and 88.2 percent from the free throw line in 2022-23. In the NCAA Tournament Pack averaged 16.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.0 steal and shot 47.5, 45.5 and 90.0 percent.

Miami will return Omier, Pack and Woogla Poplar as starters in 2023-24. Bensley Joseph who was the sixth man for Miami last season and Florida State transfer Matthew Cleveland will join Omier, Pack and Poplar as the projected starters in 2023-24. Miami will be one of the early-season favorites in the ACC.

The Hurricanes will continue to have one of the most experienced lineups in the country next season. Cleveland, Joseph and Poplar are entering their junior season in 2023-24. Omier and Pack will be seniors in 2023-24. Several young players will fill out the rotation for the 2023-24 Miami basketball team.

Forward A.J. Casey and guards Jakai Robinson and Christian Watson will have significantly increased roles in 2023-24. Casey will backup up Cleveland and Omier on the frontline. Robinson at 6’5 and Watson at 6’7 provide Miami will excellent length on the perimeter. Joseph and Pack will share point guard responsibilities.

Jim Larranana had his staff could still be searching to add another player from the transfer portal as depth to its 2023-24 roster. Very few of the top 50 2023 transfers ranked by CBS Sports are still available. Miami has a good rotation set for next season but still has scholarships available.

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Miami signed 6’10 and 240-pound center Michael Nwoko and 6’6 Swiss guard Kyshawn George in the 2023 class. Nwoko is more likely to contribute in 2023-24. George could redshirt with Robinson and Watson ahead of him. Pack will be one of the leaders on the 2023-24 Miami basketball team.