Nysier Brooks Transfers to UM Men’s Basketball Program
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami men’s basketball head coach Jim Larrañaga announced Tuesday that Nysier Brooks will transfer into the program for the 2019-20 season. A 6-foot-11, 240-pound center from Philadelphia, Brooks started all 35 games at the University of Cincinnati this past season during his third season with the Bearcats. Per NCAA transfer regulations, he has to sit out the 2019-20 season and will have one season of eligibility remaining.
“We are excited to welcome Nysier to the Hurricane family,” Larrañaga said. “He is a skilled, physical low post player with the ability to defend at the highest level. Nysier will bring grit, Philly toughness and a wealth of experience. He was one of the top defensive players in the AAC and has played 103 games in his career, including three straight NCAA tournaments. We are thrilled to have Nysier, his guardian James Johns and the rest of his family as part of our program.
Brooks played in 103 games during his Cincinnati career and averaged 8.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during his junior season. He led the team with 51 blocked shots. The Bearcats named Brooks the team’s Defensive Player of the Year after he finished third in the American Athletic Conference in blocks with 1.5 per game this season.
Brooks scored in double figures in 12 games this season, including an 11-point effort in the Bearcats’ NCAA Tournament matchup against Iowa, which was his fourth career NCAA Tournament game. He matched a career high with 17 points on Jan. 12 against UConn. Brooks also recorded five games with three or more blocked shots.
Brooks joins graduate transfer Keith Stone (University of Florida) and incoming freshmen Harlond Beverly, Anthony Walker and Isaiah Wong as newcomers to the Hurricanes’ program for the 2019-20 season. Miami’s incoming recruiting class currently is ranked No. 24 nationally in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings.