The Tigers dealt with frontcourt challenges throughout the offseason, including not getting an extra year for star big man, Deandre Williams. There’s also a chance that starting center Jordan Brown may not be back with the team while he’s still dealing with an illness and other things. If he’s not back with the team, there’s a big need for another big man.
Temple transfer Nick Jourdain and Malcolm Dandridge are good enough to hold down the fort come AAC play but to make a potential run in the NCAA Tournament, they need an offensive option in the frontcourt. On a team filled with seniors in their last year of eligibility, adding one more this late in the game won’t hurt.
The Hurricanes had their second blowout loss of the season, falling to Colorado. The issue that continues to bother them is the defensive end, especially with the lack of frontcourt depth. 6’7 forward Norchad Omier is the main frontcourt option they have, while 6’7 forward Matthew Cleveland gets all of the minutes at the four-spot.
Outside of 6’11 freshman Michael Nwoko, Miami has no size inside off the bench, which would leave them very vulnerable in certain matchups. Adding someone like Tomlin would be a great security blanket on both ends and his ability to play multiple frontcourt positions means that the team wouldn’t have to disrupt its overall rotation to make it work.