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Dallas Mavericks: Ranking newly acquired players by career thus far

By Creighton Branch
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Ranking newly acquired Dallas Mavericks: 3. Eugene Omoruyi

Omoruyi is a promising prospect and a potential steal for the Mavericks. The Ontario native made a name for himself in Eugene as he dawned the Oregon Ducks jersey last season. Coming in at 6’6 and weighing 235 lbs., it is no surprise that Omoruyi will be a force inside. 

His journey did not start at Oregon. He transferred from Rutgers after playing three seasons for the Scarlet Knights, where he proved himself to be consistent and a quick learner. Omoruyi appeared in all 33 games as a freshman and eventually became a regular starter come his junior year. 

In 2019, he averaged a team-high 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for Rutgers, which earned him an honorable mention spot on the All-Big Ten team. One of the most impressive stats that Omoruyi has to his name is that he drew 23 charges during that season. In a league where possession changes can lead to massive momentum swings, that stat will be much welcomed by Dallas fans. 

After redshirting his senior year at Oregon, Omoruyi decided to return to play under the bright lights of Matthew Knight Arena. The decision became a wise one. Omoruyi continued his success, starting all 28 games and averaging 17.1 points each night.

He is not afraid of big moments, as in his first game with the Ducks, he totaled 31 points (the most ever in an Oregon player’s first game), and in his last game, collected a double-double in the Sweet 16 against USC.

Fans should be excited about the effort that Omoruyi will provide on both ends of the floor. He has a sneaky 3-point range that teams will have to respect, but his best attribute is the magnet he seems to have for the ball. Coming in off the bench, Omoruyi can potentially be the Mavs best secondary rebounder.