Former Rutgers captain Eugene Omoruyi has found his new home.
The 6-foot-7 forward committed to Oregon, he announced on Instagram Monday night.
“Happy to announce that I have committed to Oregon University!,” Omoruyi wrote. “Go Ducks.”
Omoruyi took a visit to Eugene, Oregon, last weekend, his second stop since announcing his shock transfer from Rutgers two weeks ago. He visited Texas A&M the weekend prior.
The decision ends one of the most bizarre, random transfer sagas in recent Rutgers basketball history.
Although it was highly unlikely Omoruyi would return to Piscataway once he entered the transfer portal, his career as a Scarlet Knight has officially come to a close.
He 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.
Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell attempted to convince Omoruyi to stay after he announced his decision to transfer, heading to his home in Ontario, Canada, the next day. It was to no avail as Omoruyi’s mind was made up.
“I love Gene,” Pikiell said during a wide-ranging conversation with NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch last week. “Gene was here three years and was great. But Gene wants to go to another school. You don’t always have to agree, 18-to-22-year-olds have to make decisions. You try to guide them to make really good decisions, but you don’t always have to agree with them to respect the decisions they make.”
(NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch contributed to this report.)
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