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Episode No. 78: Rutgers 2024 recruiting, non-conference scheduling & Cliff Omoruyi decision looming



Mar 9, 2023; Chicago, IL, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights center Clifford Omoruyi (11) drives to the basket against Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson (1) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportS

Episode No. 78 continues our discussion on Rutgers men’s basketball.

After yesterday’s news with Dellquan Warren’s decommittment, I discuss how it will impact the 2024 recruiting class as well as the future roster. Richie Schnyderite of The Knight Report made a projection that Dylan Harper will ultimately choose Rutgers. It’s been trending positively in that direction and could have been a factor in Warren moving  on.

In addition, the idea of replacing Warren with another high level recruit like Tyler Betsey is intriguing. I also discuss the possibility of adding a player from the transfer portal this offseason who has two years of eligibility remaining. Rutgers will likely be a young team for the 2024-2025 season. Adding an experienced player now could really help in the long run.

With Georgetown officially on the schedule now, this episode includes a discussion on how I hope Rutgers completes the non-conference schedule.

Lastly, I continue to discuss Cliff Omoruyi’s decision and why it could still go either way a week out from the deadline. Jonathan Wasserman of The Bleacher Report included Cliff among a group of players who could end up signing two-way deals with an NBA team to play in the G League next season. It backs up my thoughts on it being a very real possibility that Cliff might not return to Rutgers despite not being invited to the NBA Draft combine.

Thanks for listening and watching The Scarlet Faithful podcast once again.



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  1. InPikeWeTrust

    May 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Aaron, awesome job churning out content for us die-hards. Any chance you will write an article on what’s left in the 2024 recruiting cycle? Always enjoyed your recruiting stuff on the other site. Podcasts are great but your writing is so good that I’d hate to have it totally replaced with your spoken word content.

  2. BataliBoli98

    May 24, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Same sentiments as above, the volume and quality of the content is superb. A few comments from the last two podcasts:
    1) Perhaps what I appreciate most about your work is the pragmatic and objective approach that you have for all things RU. Why waste your time on even commenting on the Twitter trolls? I am sure that it’s not worth your time.
    2) Having Warren decommit is not shocking at all but it is emblematic of just how crazy & frustrating following college sports has become. The current and future rosters seem to change on a whim. I grew up knowing who would be on the team for at least 3 years and almost always 4. I watched rosters develop as a unit with pieces being added with each recruiting cycle. Sadly, those days are mostly gone. How much faith can any of us really have that if Gavin comes out and has a strong freshman season that a school like Texas won’t swoop in and give him a hundred grand or so so jump ship. And then…who can blame him for leaving?
    3) I love Coach Pikiell and hope that he someday earns a statue outside of the arena. However, I do worry that if RU cannot keep up with the other teams in the conference regarding NIL and he is regularly losing recruits and players that he develops (like almost Mag this year) that he will get frustrated and look for greener, literally, pastures. It wouldn’t be anytime soon but would you really be shocked if in 4 or 5 years from now and RU simply can’t land and/or keep the caliber of players that are needed to win because of NIL that Pikiell chooses to follow their lead and chase the money. Simply put, the NCAA has to figure this out. They created a monster that they cannot control.

  3. pj43

    May 25, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Another objective analysis of the Omoruyi situation. Thanks Aaron. I’ll be surprised if he returns, so I’m less concerned about the loss of Spencer and Warren’s decommitment & much more concerned about the lack of depth and experience at the C/PF positions for next season. From what I can see, there may yet be some viable candidates in the portal. I trust Pikiell & his staff to come up with one that’ll be a good fit for RU’s situation.

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