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Cam Spencer not visiting any Big Ten schools



Nov 30, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Cam Spencer (10) attempts a three point shot against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

While the shock has worn off, the disappointment of Cam Spencer leaving Rutgers unexpectedly remains. However, there was a bit of good news on Monday night. Per Jeff Goodman, Spencer is visiting four programs and none are in the Big Ten.

As I originally reported, NIL money was the motivating factor in his decision to leave the program. There was mass speculation that Georgetown was the school who originally lured Spencer away from Rutgers and into the transfer portal. However, they didn’t even make the final cut of schools that Spencer is considering based on not scheduling a visit to Ed Cooley’s program.

There were reports and rumors that both Indiana and Maryland were pursuing Spencer. The fact that the shooting guard is only visiting non-Big Ten schools is a positive.

Of the four schools, Spencer is visiting, they offer a variety of opportunity, both with winning and NIL possibilities.

Miami is in the ACC and is coming off a Final Four trip. The Hurricanes have several reported players with significant NIL deals. UConn of the Big East is the defending national champions. Oklahoma missed the NCAA Tournament under second year head coach Porter Moser. UCLA has been a top program once again under head coach Mick Cronin and exited in the Sweet 16 this past season. A Bruins assistant coach, Ivo Simovic, was at Loyola (MD) when Spencer played there.

The 6’4” shooter earned a place in the record books in multiple categories for a single season in his lone year for RU. He tied for the fifth highest single season three-point shooting percentage ever for RU at 43.4%. Spencer also produced the fifth best free throw shooting percentage in a single season at 89.4%. Per KenPom, Spencer was 23rd nationally in free throw shooting percentage and 44th in three-point shooting percentage. He also swiped the sixth most steals (69) in a season in program history.

In regard to last season’s Rutgers team, Spencer led RU in minutes played (1074). He was third in minutes per game (31.6). He tied Cliff Omoruyi for scoring average at 13.2 points per game, but fell one point short for the team lead with 448 points. In addition to being second in steals, he was also second in assists behind Paul Mulcahy in averaging 3.1 per game. Lastly, Cam was also second to Mulcahy with a 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.

While Rutgers is pursuing options in the transfer portal to replace Spencer, at least they know they won’t have to worry about defending him in Big Ten play next season. More to come on potential replacements soon.

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  1. InPikeWeTrust

    May 29, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    I hate that I’m saying this but I hope he has a terrible year. Didn’t realize he was strictly a hired gun and would leave when more money was flashed in front of him. Plus, him leaving this late is doing Pike and his ex-teammates dirty…not cool.

  2. RU858

    May 29, 2023 at 11:57 pm

    Cam who?

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