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What's next for Miami Basketball without Sherman

No Omar, no problem.

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Late last night we learned that Omar Sherman would not longer be a part of the UM program.

Official release:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. University of Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga announced Sunday that sophomore forward Omar Sherman will transfer from the Hurricanes basketball team, effective immediately.


"The Miami basketball program thanks Omar for his contributions to the team last season and we wish him the best of luck in his future," Larrañaga said.

Sherman started 10 of 36 games played, averaging 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game. He hit 42.9 percent (67-156) of his shots from the field, 30.4 percent (24-79) from three and 65.2 percent (15-23) at the line in his only season in Coral Gables.

Count me among those disappointed in the news.

While Sherman may have spent a little too much time for my liking hovering around the 3 point line (he took more threes than twos last season), I was intrigued by his progress by the end of the season.  In the final 2 NIT games especially, the 6'8 forward seemed to find his swag on the inside.  Against Stanford in the final game, he had a very promising 8 point, 5 rebound, 3 block performance.

It would have been fun to see him build off of that.

But he has decided to take his skills elsewhere.  And some team, with a little development, is going to get a very good and versatile big.

But it is not the end of the world for the Hurricanes.

First and foremost, Sherman was not going to start.

6'9 Brooklyn born, Oklahoma State transfer Kamari Murphy is going to be alongside Tonye Jekiri in the front court. The junior to be averaged 6 points and 6 boards 2 seasons ago for the Cowboys.

And that was with very few touches.

He might be the second best athlete on the team behind Sheldon McClellan, and he only took 4 three point attempts in two seasons in Stillwater.

He's a true 4.

Off the bench, Miami still has 6'10 senior Ivan Cruz Uceda.  Uceda does not have the ideal athleticism, lateral movement, or defensive awareness coaches covet in a 4/5.   But he can stroke it from deep, and his size allows him to collect a decent amount of rebounds.  With some subtle improvement, he could be a solid rotation player this year. And he was likely pushing Sherman for minutes anyhow, given their skill sets were comparable.

Coach L and staff also have raw prospect Ebeka Izundu.  The 6'10 205 pound freshman is left handed like Sherman, but is more in the mode of the freshman version of Jekiri. He likely will be counted on to come in and spell TJ for a few minutes each half.

Another freshman Anthony Lawrence, is 6'7 jack of all trades, who can play anywhere from the 1 to the 4.  If things get tight up front he can spell some of the bigs when/if Jim Larranaga employs a smaller line-up.

Davon Reed, who will be starting at the 3, has been used similarly in his two seasons in Coral Gables.

UM clearly still has options.

And in the coming weeks it would not shock me in the slightest, if the 'Canes made a late addition to the roster.

It was only weeks before the start of the 2011 campaign when they got a waiver for the immediate eligibility of Shane Larkin.  The rest as they say was history.

So while Sherman's departure is certainly not good news.   There is still no reason why the 2015-16 Miami Hurricanes can not contend in the very competitive ACC.

The roster that Larranaga and staff have built is still good and deep enough to thrive minus one promising piece.