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Big Ten Hoops Standout Announces Stunning Transfer

Rutgers basketball

PISCATAWAY, NJ - DECEMBER 05: A general view of the Rutgers Athletic Center during the game between the Michigan State Spartans and Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, New Jersey on December 5, 2017. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Forward Eugene Omoruyi, Rutgers' leading scorer and rebounder last season and a returning team captain, has announced his intention to transfer.

Omoruyi revealed his decision in a stunning late-night social media post. A rising senior, Omoruyi would have one year of eligibility remaining at his next stop.

"Rutgers will always be a special place to me," Omoruyi wrote. "But with that being said, I have decided to transfer, and have asked Coach Pikiell and the coaching staff for my release from the program."

Given the timing of the Instagram post (around midnight) and the fact Omoruyi misspelled head coach Steve Pikiell's name, there was some speculation that he was hacked and the announcement was a hoax. However, confirmation on its authenticity came this morning from Rutgers beat reporters, including Gannett New Jersey's Jerry Carino.

Omoruyi paced Rutgers with 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. He was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by the conference media.

A hard-nosed defender known for playing through a dislocated kneecap in each of the last two seasons, Omoruyi has taken 58 career charges and added a three-point shot to his repertoire as a junior.

His departure comes as a major late blow for a Scarlet Knight program that has made strides since 2017 and was hoping for a return to postseason play in 2019-20.