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Canes Hoops Player Profile: Kameron McGusty

The Oklahoma transfer has to sit out this season, but could play a big role for the Canes in the future.

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Former Oklahoma Sooner Kameron McGusty is one of the newest Miami Hurricanes. As a four-star recruit out of high school and 2016-17 Big 12 All-Newcomer honoree, he comes with impressive pedigree. Unfortunately, he’ll have to sit out the 2018-19 season as a result of NCAA transfer rules.

Still, there is much to be excited about when it comes to McGusty. He has solid size and athleticism at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 192 pounds, as well as an aggressive attacking style of play. Perhaps his greatest strength is his ability to create his own shot.

As a freshman he averaged 10.9 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field and about 35 percent from three in 25 minutes per game. Those numbers dipped to eight points per game on about 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from three in about 19 minutes per game as a sophomore, though some of the drop-off could be attributed to the tremendous usage rate of his teammate Trae Young that season. McGusty has also somewhat lacked in the efficiency department in his two years of college ball with a true shooting percentage of 52.5 as a freshman and 53.4 as a sophomore, but his offensive tools suggest he could improve.

At the moment, scoring seems to be the only significant plus for McGusty as he averages just two rebounds and less than one assist per game over his career and had a team-worst defensive rating a year ago. Regardless, his high-volume offense can be an important tool for the Canes if refined and deployed properly.