The entire Miami basketball roster has eligibility beyond the 2023-24 season. Miami could return its entire team or lose all five starters and several reserves. With the 12th-ranked 2024 class coming in next season, Miami could have its most talented roster in program history, depending on the returnees for 2023-24.
Guard Nijel Pack and forward Norchad Omier are in the second seasons with Miami after joining the Hurricanes as transfers during the 2022 offseason. With four years of college behind them, Omier and Pack have a season of eligibility remaining and will have decisions to make. Neither Omier nor Pack are projected to be drafted.
Freshman Kyshawn George and junior Wooga Poplar are each projected in the first round by NBA DraftNet. Poplar is projected 14th in the first round of the NBA DraftNet consensus and George 30th to the Boston Celtics. George could be a potential lottery pick, depending on his NBA Combine performance, if he participated.
Junior forward Matthew Cleveland also has another season of eligibility remaining after transferring to Miami during the 2023 offseason. Cleveland has admirably replaced Jordan Miller this season. Cleveland is averaging 13.2 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.
"MIAMI- Isaac Trotter, 247Sports
Priority: Size | It just has to be a priority to buff up one of the ACC's worst defenses.
Don’t overlook: Everything is on the table for Miami this offseason. Nijel Pack signed a public two-year, $800,000 deal with LifeWallet when he transferred to Miami from Kansas State. Does he want a third year? Matt Cleveland, Norchad Omier, Wooga Poplar and Kyshawn George could all go pro or come back. Maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle. The stay-or-go decisions are massive needle-movers for who Miami can go get in the portal. The exit meetings will be enormous."
Miami should return 6'11 freshman Michael Nwoko, who has shown development for Miami this season. Nwoko can provide Miami with a rim protector they have lacked for many years. Miami can absorb Pack turning professional of potentially transferring to another school.
Five-star signee Jalil Bethea should receive significant minutes in 2024-25. Bethea and Austin Swartz could provide Miami with a dynamic freshman backcourt next season. Guard Bensley Joseph has one more year of eligibility remaining. Miami could potentially lose several reserves to the transfer portal this spring.
Miami has been disappointing this year after being ranked 13th in the preseason rankings. Miami players could choose to return to prove the injuries and lack of consistency this season were not representative of the program. Miami has four weeks to make a statement entering the 2024 offseason.