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Norchad Omier
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Sun Belt Player Of The Year Norchad Omier Has Eyes Set On SEC

Norchad Omier
(Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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The Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Norchad Omier has decided to leave Arkansas State and take his talents elsewhere. Omeir announced today via Twitter that he would no longer be suiting up for the Red Wolves.

It’s easy to see why Omier was given SBC player of the year honors. The 6’7 freshman averaged 18 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 2 blocks per game this season. Omier was also gifted Defensive Player of the Year for the SBC and is a finalist for the Lou Henson Award. It was an incredible year for Omier who could potentially have NBA dreams if he can keep this play up at a high level.

Sources close to the situation say that the coaching staff had no knowledge of Omier’s intent to transfer. In fact, just two weeks ago Omeir tweeted that he looked forward to rejoining the Red Wolves for next season. That tweet has since been deleted.

Arkansas State’s head coach Mike Balado received a two-year extension following Omeir’s initial tweet committing to a return. My sources say Balado and the rest of the staff were blindsided and devastated by the move. Balado has been on the hot seat recently and losing your star player does not help. It feels as if Balado got his extension because of Omier, and with Omier now gone, if Balado can’t perform this season, he might be on his way out.

Where To Now?

So where does Norchad Omier go next? My sources have given me two likely destinations for Omier: Kentucky and Arkansas. From the sound of it, people within Omier’s circle, and potentially NBA scouts, convinced him that moving into a bigger program with more exposure could help a potential future move to the NBA.

Kentucky might be the best spot of the two names given to me if it really is coming down between those two programs. If Jaylin Williams returns to Arkansas next season, he will pretty much already fill the role of what Omier would be. As for Kentucky, their early exit in the NCAA Tournament might be the cause of massive roster shifts for next season. Omeir could slide in during the chaos and establish himself in a starting role for the Wildcats.

Norchard Omier will be an excellent pick-up for any program. He is a relentless rebounder on the offensive and defensive glass, makes the hustle plays, and has an effective mid-range jumper. It will be exciting to see where he decides to go and see him develop as a player in the years to come. If I could buy stock in a player, Omier would be a moneymaker.

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