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Detroit Pistons sign Eugene Omoruyi till end of season

Detroit Pistons sign Eugene Omoruyi till end of season

The Detroit Pistons has signed forward Eugene Omoruyi till the end of the season after a successful two 10-day contract stints with the franchise.

The 26-year-old who was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder in February had signed a 10-day contract with the shorthanded Pistons and after impressing during the first stint was offered another 10-day contract where he once again excelled leading to him formally signing with the franchise for the rest of the season.

 In 10 games with the Pistons, he’s averaging 8.8 points and 3.6 rebounds on .455/.231/.750 shooting in 21.3 minutes per contest. 

Announcing the contract, the Pistons wrote, “The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has signed forward Eugene Omoruyi to a contract following two 10-day-contract stints with the club. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

“Omoruyi, 6-7, 244, has averaged 8.8 points (46% FG), 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 steals in 21.3 minutes over 10 games with Detroit. He also appeared in 23 games (two starts) with Oklahoma City this season and averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.6 steals in 11.8 minutes per game. 

“A native of Orangeville, Ontario, Omoruyi holds career NBA clips of 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.6 steals in 37 games (five starts) over two NBA seasons with Dallas, Detroit and Oklahoma City. 

“Omoruyi began his collegiate career at Rutgers University where he played three seasons. He played his final season at the University of Oregon where he was named All-Pac-12 First Team and helped the Ducks to the 2021 NCAA Sweet 16. In 121 career games, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 22.8 minutes per game.”

Speaking about the contract, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey says Omoruyi will be evaluated overtime to see how he fits into the team’s culture, also hinting that there might be a future for him at the club. 

“We’re going to continue to evaluate him, also in our summer program. We’d like to see how he fits, see what he can do. We like what he’s done so far. Everybody on our roster has room for growth. That’s what we’re looking for.”

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