Rutgers got its desired finish to camp season when 2016 wing Eugene Omoruyi verbally committed to head coach Steve Pikiell in his RAC office. Omoruyi joins Candido Sa, Issa Thiam and Matt Bullock as a newcomer to the 2016-17 roster.
Committed Over – Loyola-Chicago, Fairfield, Little Rock-Arkansas, Siena,
Rated – Omoruyi is unrated heading into Rutgers after his final year with Orangeville (Ont.) Prep in Canada.
Scouting Report – Omoruyi is young and green but already a dynamic athlete. A converted soccer player that continues to grow, he fits in multiple spots for Rutgers. That's exactly why they targeted him as the potential final preseason addition.
First, Omoruyi is an athletic small forward that stretches the field and provides versatile defense. His frame and wingspan allow him to defend in multiple spots. His motor gives Rutgers either a burst of energy off the bench or a young gun to push for a starting spot.
Second, Omoruyi can be a two-guard for Rutgers or emergency post player. With Corey Sanders as the team's only true point guard, Omoruyi is a great choice to play the two when Sanders is on the bench. He isn't a serious long-range threat yet but he can slash and play within the flow of an offense.
Omoruyi's best basketball days are ahead of him as an inexperienced player from Canada, and it's up to Pikiell and staff to get him there. If Omoruyi is as committed to on-court improvement as he is to academics, he has major potential.
Recruiting Impact – Omoruyi has five years to play four just like any other incoming freshman. His addition further limits Pikiell in 2017 but it also erases the need for another wing player. Although Omoruyi fills multiple needs for Rutgers, it leaves Rutgers with only one more open scholarship in 2017.
With a commitment from guard Geo Baker last week, Rutgers cannot bring in both a second guard and a big man in the class. Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King three-star point guard Jose Alvarado remains a top realistic target for the final spot, but it would also leave Rutgers without a forward in the 2017 class. With that said, a numbers crunch is a better issue for Rutgers than a 10-man scholarship roster in the Big Ten.
Quotable – “[Rutgers] talked about my role and me coming in to be an impact player right away,” Omoruyi. “That means a lot to me. I work so hard, I believe I can go against Michigan and Michigan State right now and not be scared. With my motor, I believe that no one can stop me. I believe that my motor affects everybody on the team. Me getting hype gets us hype.” – Omoruyi
Final Thought – Rutgers wasn't going to waste a four-year scholarship commitment to a player that simply filled a vacancy. For Pikiell to target an incoming-freshman this late, it had to be the perfect fit. This was not a last-minute tossup to fill out the roster. Rutgers sees a bright future for Omoruyi, who enrolls at the end of the month.2016 Rutgers Basketball Recruiting Commits
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