Former Rutgers forward Eugene Omoruyi is in the midst of finding his new home, and his first known step in that journey came down south.
The transfer candidate took a visit to Texas A&M on Tuesday, per his social media accounts.
He posted a video of himself wearing an Aggies jersey inside the team’s locker room, as well as a video of him touring Kyle Field, on Snapchat early Tuesday. A few hours later, Omoruyi posted photos of himself donning the Texas A&M maroon on Instagram with the caption: “Texas A&M officiall (sic) visit. What y’all think? 🤔 #Notcommited.”
The Aggies are an interesting destination for several reasons.
Texas A&M have two Canadian commits in its class of 2019 — guard Cashius McNeily and forward Emanuel Miller — whose origins close to Omoruyi’s hometown of Rexdale, Ontario.
McNeily is from Thornhill, while Miller is from Toronto, which are both within half-an-hour from Rexdale. McNeily posted a video of Omoruyi bowling at a bowling alley in College Station on Instagram Monday night, indicating they were together.
Secondly, Omoruyi fills a massive hole in the Aggies roster.
Texas A&M lost starting forward Christian Mekoluwu to graduation this offseason, and Omoruyi is a near-perfect fit to replace him. It is worth noting that Omoruyi is a sit-out transfer. An NCAA waiver for instant eligibility is always possible, but he could have a hard time obtaining one if he chooses a school even further from home.
College Station is the first known visit Omoruyi took since announcing his transfer from Rutgers, and it will likely not be his last. According to a tweet from Andrew Slater, Omoruyi will also take a visit to Oregon.
Omoruyi played in 93 games in his three-year Rutgers career, averaging 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while drawing widespread praise as the team’s best defender. He led Rutgers in both scoring (13.8 points-per-game) and rebounding (7.2 rebounds-per-game) while starting 26 of 28 games last season.
This is not the first instance of social media deciphering in Omoruyi’s transfer recruitment.
Omoruyi, on his ScarletKnights.com bio, mentions Kalif Young as his best friend from another college basketball program.
Young, a rising 6-9 senior forward at Providence, played with Omoruyi at Orangeville Prep in Ontario.
Young commented on Omoruyi’s Instagram message, posting: “Big things coming” with two watchful eyes and a prayer sign.
(NJ Advance Media’s Keith Sargeant contributed to this report.)
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