Basketball: Miami Hurricanes to add Oklahoma transfer Kameron McGusty

Kameron McGusty (20), shown reacting to a 3-pointer at Wisconsin in Dec. 2016, is on the way to Miami. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Miami added a significant piece for the future on Monday.

Oklahoma transfer guard Kameron McGusty announced he will join the Hurricanes.

McGusty, a 6-foot-5, 192-pound scorer, will sit out this year to satisfy NCAA rules that govern players moving between Division I colleges. He will have two years of on-court eligibility beginning in 2019-20.

He is the second transfer Miami added this offseason, joining former Wyoming guard Anthony Mack. UM hopes the latter is eligible this season.

The Hurricanes, who lost star underclassman guards Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker to the NBA Draft, return three guards from last year’s team: sophomore-to-be Chris Lykes, junior D.J. Vasiljevic and redshirt sophomore Miles Wilson, who sat out last year after transferring from Mount St. Mary’s.

UM is also hoping to land Florida Gulf Coast transfer Zach Johnson, a Miami native and former high school teammate of junior forward Dewan Huell. He is also considering Creighton, Louisville and Arizona.

McGusty, a Katy, Texas native, was ranked by ESPN as the No. 46 player in the 2016 recruiting class, and 10th-best shooting guard. That website called him a “long and lean playmaker” who “gets teammates involved and can score in the lane with a variety of crafty finishes.”

He was Oklahoma’s second-leading scorer as a freshman (10.9 points), earning All-Big 12 honorable mention and a place on the conference’s all-rookie team. However, he had issues last year in Norman and back home.

He lost his starting spot to junior Christian James. Adjusting to life off the bench was hard for McGusty, according to a story in the Tulsa World. He was also dealing with the death of a close friend.

His minutes went down (24.9 to 18.5), and other averages dipped slightly across the board. He went from 10.9 points to 8.0, 2.2 rebounds to 1.9, 0.9 assists to 0.3, 0.8 steals to 0.3, 77.8 percent free-throw shooting to 75.0, 35.2 percent 3-point shooting to 33.3 and 43.0 percent field-goal shooting to 42.3.

He finished on somewhat of a positive note. After starting two of the Sooners’ first 26 games, he started the final six games of the year next to James and star freshman Trae Young, whom CBS Sports listed as the No. 5 in its latest mock draft, and the top point guard available.

Walker, incidentally, was No. 16 in CBS Sports’ mock draft, which was compiled by writer Gary Parrish. Brown was No. 25.

McGusty’s profile recalls that of another 6-5 shooting guard from the Houston area who came to Miami from a Big 12 school to The U: Sheldon Mac, who went by McClellan in his college days.

After seeing his shooting numbers dip and hearing accusations from coach Rick Barnes about his lack of defensive effort, Mac left Texas after two seasons. He sat out 2013-14 as Miami missed the NCAA Tournament. He was part of an NIT team as a junior and reached the Sweet 16, alongside seniors Angel Rodriguez and Tonye Jekiri, in 2015-16.

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