The Oregon men’s basketball team received a verbal commitment on Monday from forward Eugene Omoruyi, a transfer from Rutgers with one season left to play in college.
Omoruyi will have to sit out next season unless he can receive a waiver from the NCAA to be declared eligible.
Omoyuri led the Scarlet Knights with 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season while starting 26 of 28 games. He shot 44.5 percent from the field, including 31.1 percent on 3-pointers, while also getting 2.4 assists per game.
Omoyuri, a native of Rexdale, Ontario, averaged 2.4 points as a freshman before getting 7.9 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore.
If Omoyuri is able to get eligible immediately, it would be a big boost in the frontcourt for the Ducks, who currently have seven players on scholarship for next season. Bol Bol, Kenny Wooten, and Louis King all left early for the NBA Draft while Miles Norris transferred to UC Santa Barbara.
The only returning forward for Oregon is Francis Okoro, but the Ducks signed freshman forwards C.J. Walker and Chandler Lawson.