In a matter of days, the Atlanta Hawks will get their hands on a 6-foot-7, 230-pound double-double machine.
“Miami power forward Norchad Omier, testing NBA waters, getting feet wet,” tweeted Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald on May 5. “Worked out for Boston, has Atlanta on Tuesday, Detroit Pistons Wednesday, NBA GLeague Elite Camp May 13-14 in Chicago. Top performers get invited to NBA Combine.”
Omier is a junior who spent two seasons at Arkansas State before transferring to the University of Miami. A native of Nicaragua, the 21-year-old forward averaged 13.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.1 steals helping lead the Hurricanes to the Final Four this season.
He even set a program record in the process.
While he had an off night in that game with eight points and seven boards. But he added three steals and still averaged a 10.0-point, 12.0-rebound double-double in the Tournament.
Omier averaged 14.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 assists in his collegiate career, never failing to reach post a double-double in any of his three seasons two of which he spent becoming highly decorated for the Red Wolves.
The Hawks would certainly love to have the player described by NBA Draft Room:
"Omier is a big-bodied PF/C who could find a role in the league as a small-ball 5. He’s a high-level rebounder who really knows how to use his frame to carve out space in the lane and gives great effort on the glass.Does all the dirty work and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. A good screener and solid passer from the high post.Is a solid FT shooter with decent touch from mid-range. Projects as a player who will stretch out the 3pt land at some point in his career but that’s not currently a big part of his game."
With the Hawks potentially looking to shake up the roster to better fit what head coach Quin Snyder wants to do, Omier could be an option. Atlanta ranked 10th in the regular season in rebounds but could see the frontcourt involved in some of the changes that may or may not take place this summer.
Orchad announced his decision to enter his name into the draft pool on Instagram but has decided against hiring an agent at this time thus retaining his eligibility.
The NBA Draft is set for June 22.
Atlanta Hawks star sends shoutout to MVP
While Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid only received his MVP trophy ahead of Game 3, which his team lost, he received a shoutout from Hawks star Trae Young following the announcement of his victory.
It’s a minor gesture, to be clear. But it is a rather notable one with a report polling a fraction of the league’s players voting Young as the most overrated player in the league.
That is not the same thing as being disliked but it was used to justify his being left out of the All-Star game for the second time in the last three years.