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Rutgers Welcomes Sharpshooter Omari Grier for Final Graduate Year

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers lost one of its better jump shooters in guard Myles Mack, but coach Eddie Jordan added a senior one in the offseason when he locked up Bradley transfer Omari Grier for a graduate season.

Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan needed a veteran guard, and he needed a shooter. When Omari Grier chose the graduate transfer path, Jordan pounced to address multiple roster needs.

Grier joined the program in late summer after three seasons at Bradley. The South Jersey native chose Rutgers as his home for a fifth and final season.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” Grier said. “We have a good mixture of young guys and some older guys. It’s good so far. We’ve been practicing for a while now, and I can feel like I’m building good chemistry with these guys. There’s tons of talent on this team. We’re finding ways to put that together right now. It’s definitely a good group of guys.”

Rutgers needs a shooter, and Grier is a good one statistically.

Grier averaged 8.4 points per game during two years at Bradley and one at Florida Atlantic. He’s a career 33.9 percent shooter from long range.

“I’m going to help with my shooting, and I feel like I help these guys a lot with my college basketball experience,” Grier said. “I’ve seen a lot of things over the course of a game that many of these guys may not have seen yet. When adversity hits, I’ve been in these situations in the past. You definitely see someone’s character when they hit that, and I want to be a leader on the team to go that route.”

Grier expected a challenge in his Rutgers tradition. Both the school, and quality of basketball, will be adjustments for the 6-foot-4, fifth-year senior shooting guard.

“My other college experiences were definitely a lot smaller considering the conferences that we were in. I try to just carry those experiences at Florida Atlantic and at Bradley as well,” he said. “It’s different, but I have those experiences to share with my new teammates to give a little bit of wisdom. I’m an experienced player, and it’s good to bring that to the table and to this team.

“…It’s definitely going to be a step up as far as competition, but we’re all here to play basketball. I’ve played teams in the ACC, the SEC. It’s going to be a dogfight every night when we start conference games, but I’ll be comfortable when I get out there. I’m ready for the fight.”

Off the court, Grier began his post-graduate education in September.

“Rutgers has a great, prestigious background as far as academics,” he said. “They have a lot of great masters programs. Right now, I’m studying labor relations and employment. It’s different than undergrad. I’m only taking three classes, only have class about two days a week. It’s different, but I like it.”

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