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Oskar Palmquist returns to Rutgers men’s basketball

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In a rarity in college basketball, Oskar Palmquist has returned to Rutgers. As I reported on Saturday with the Austin Williams commitment news, Palmquist is back after transferring to Elon earlier this offseason. He re-entered the transfer portal a few weeks ago.

Following the defections of Cam Spencer and Paul Mulcahy, Rutgers had room for the 6’8″ wing to return.

After seeing limited action most of his career, Palmquist emerged in the second half of last season. He had a breakout game on February 1 against Minnesota. He scored a career high 13 points on 3 of 4 shooting from three along with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

With starter Mawot Mag lost for the season due to injury the following game, Palmquist became a regular in the rotation coming off the bench. He made 3 of 4 shots from behind the arc at Indiana. Palmquist hit a big three in a 1 point win at Wisconsin. He also made two timely second half threes in the 19 point comeback win at Penn State. In addition, he gave RU 18 quality minutes in the Big Ten Tournament win over Michigan.

Last season, Palmquist made 12 of 33 shots from three-point range for 36.4%. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 21 appearances while averaging 9.1 minutes per contest.

In 48 career games for Rutgers, Palmquist averages 1.7 points on 35.6% shooting from three-point range.

Bringing Palmquist makes a lot of sense. With three scholarships open this , he is a sure thing. He is a quality teammate and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection that provides quality depth. His ability to contribute late in the season after playing so little prior to is a testament to his mental toughness. He also has a specific skill set in shooting threes that is needed.

Rutgers men’s basketball has now filled all 13 scholarships for the 2023-2024 season.

Here is the 13 scholarship players on the Rutgers men’s basketball for the 2023-2024 season.

Frontcourt: Cliff Omoruyi, Mawot Mag, Antwone Woolfolk, Emmanuel Ogbole

Wing: Aundre Hyatt, Gavin Griffiths, Antonio Chol, Oskar Palmquist

Backcourt: Noah Fernandes, Derek Simpson, Austin Williams, Jamichael Davis

For a detailed breakdown of the roster including the projected rotation, how this team is different, why there should be optimism and more, click here.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. thevinman

    August 6, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Good to see Oskar back as we need three point shooters and he proveed last year he can give us a few quality minutes per game

  2. BataliBoli98

    August 6, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    Good get. He knows the system and with Mag possibility missing time early in the year, it’s nice to have another forward on the roster. Of course, as Aaron and Vin both mentioned the fact that he can knock down 3s is something that RU really needs. Oskar should benefit from having guys on this team that can attack the basket with quickness which should lead so more open corner 3s. Also, I am sure that Pikiell is very happy to have the roster set as they head overseas. Go RU!

  3. pj43

    August 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Palmquist’s return is timely and now gives the coaching staff an opportunity to get the most out of this overseas trip. I’m thinking that the time spent getting to see a complete roster work together, play various combos & compete against good competition can only benefit this team in the early part of the upcoming season in particular.

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