Eugene Omoruyi has made a strong impression on the Detroit Pistons in a short amount of time. On Monday, the team decided to keep him around longer.
Omoruyi has signed a second 10-day contract, the team announced Monday. He appeared in five games after his initial 10-day deal March 3, and averaged 8.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game. The 6-foot-6 Nigerian forward reached double-figures in scoring in two of his past three games, posting 15 points and six rebounds against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, and 11 points against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
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Beyond his scoring, his hustle and defense have also helped him secure a role on an injury battered Pistons team that will be without seven rotation players when they host the Pacers again Monday. The Pistons have lost 11 games in a row and own the NBA’s worst record at 15-53.
“He’s just a dog, especially on both ends of the floor,” Pistons center James Wiseman said Tuesday after a 119-117 loss to the Wizards. “But really just locking up the rebounds and just being in there and mucking everything up on defense and being an energy guy. That’s what we needed to get over the hump, especially for this game. I feel like he was a great piece for our team.”
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“The young man, he knows how to play,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey added. “He plays with a pure heart. He plays with a lot of intensity, uses his body. Really impressed with that young man, the way he plays. To come in here on a 10 day contract, to step in and learning the terminology as he goes, learning the plays as he goes, really, really impressed with him.”
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