Shooting Guard Returns to NJ for Grad Year

Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan added a shooter to his rotation Friday afternoon with the commitment of Bradley transfer Omari Grier. Grier returns to New Jersey this summer as a graduate student after he grew up in Erial, N.J.

Rutgers basketball needed another scoring option, and Omari Grier needed a new home to begin his graduate school path.

The two came together this week on a visit to campus, and a verbal commitment from the Bradley graduate transfer Friday afternoon likely solidifies the 2015-16 Rutgers basketball roster.

Grier announced his commitment Friday, and returns to New Jersey, where he grew up an hour from campus in Erial, N.J.

“I feel like Rutgers has an opportunity to be a great team next year,” he said. “I love the coaching staff, and I feel like I can really benefit from what coach [Eddie] Jordan has to offer. I can be extremely helpful as far as coming off screens and shooting the ball from the outside.”

On a roster with just one scholarship senior before Grier’s commitment, Rutgers adds an experienced body to its backcourt.

Grier played previously at both Florida Atlantic and Bradley, where he has a 34 percent clip from long range and 82 percent clip from the free-throw line in his career.

“I feel like my experience is something that can help out for sure," he said. "... I've played in some big games when I started at Bradley. It's a conference where we've played against Wichita State and Northern Iowa and I've learned from my experiences."

Jordan met with Grier before his commitment, and was one of the biggest draws to Rutgers for the 6-foot-4 shooting guard.

“With his background as a player and coach, I feel like he has a great grasp for the game,” Grier said. “… Most importantly, he’s a good person. Being able to talk to him in person and being able to meet in person, I’ve heard nothing but great things. I feel like my decision, also, to come to Rutgers was because of coach Jordan. I feel like he has great plans for the program.

“…. I’m a student of the game and I feel like he has a lot of things he can teach me over this graduate school year for me especially considering that he’s coached all of these great players.”

Grier graduated from Bradley this semester with a focus in political science. He plans to enroll in a graduate program in July when he arrives at Rutgers for summer workouts.

“Graduate school was a main reason why I ended up transferring out from Bradley,” he said. “I just felt like the education was important, but it also allowed me to grasp an opportunity athletically as well. School is always going to be No.1. I just felt like I was able to land in a good spot because of it, so I’m just excited for the educational and the athletic part as well.”

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