Grad Transfer Omari Grier Makes Home-State Debut for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Fifth-year senior Omari Grier is a projected starter for Rutgers in its season-opener Friday night against Rutgers-Newark. The former Bradley and Florida Atlantic guard transferred closer to home for a significant role at Rutgers.

Rutgers brought in Omari Grier because of his experience and his jump shot. Grier puts both on display in his debut, where he is a projected starter against Rutgers-Newark at the RAC.

Grier enrolled at Rutgers in the summer as a graduate student. He brings four year's worth of college basketball experience and a solid jump shot along with him. Friday marks his New Jersey debut.

"I don't think I've had one game in New Jersey since high school. It's extremely exciting to get a chance to play in front of my family and friends," said Grier, who hails from Erial (N.J.). "I'm pumped for it."

Grier is one of four scholarship players to indroduce himself Friday to the Scarlet Knights. Guard Justin Goode, forward DeShawn Freeman, wing Jonathan Laurent and forward Ibrahima Diallo also play their first games for Rutgers.

"We've had a long preseason," Grier said. "Coach [Eddie] Jordan has been preparing us, having us work hard, getting us conditioned, and it's just finally good to go up against somebody other than ourselves with the start of the season. It's extremely overwhelming but I'm excited."

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