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DAYTON, OHIO - MARCH 16: Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the First Four game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2022 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On Tuesday Rutgers landed a transfer by the name of Cam Spencer. He is 6-foot-4 from Loyola-Maryland.

Last season Spencer averaged 18.9 points on 46.8% shooting, 3.2 assists, and 4.8 rebounds while playing 36.9 minutes a game. He shot 53.8% from inside the three-point arc and 35.3% from three.

In the conference last season he led in steals (2.3) and minutes (37) per game. He also ranked second in free throw percentage with 85.8%.

Spencer averaged double-digit points in his first three seasons. As a true freshman, he had 10 points per game last season averaging just under 19. The increase in his scoring is due to the increase in his usage in each season. When he was on the floor he took 28.8% of the shots last season. His usage rate is expected to decrease this season but should allow his shooting percentages to go up.

During the 2020-21 season, Spencer was recovering from surgery to repair a “deformity”. The top of his femur bone was not attached to his hip joint. This past season it seems that he is fully recovered from the injury playing in all 30 games.

If he can match the production he had at Loyola and bring it to Rutgers he can be one of the best scorers the Scarlet Knights had in a while. His offensive rating last season (115.7) would rank second-best for the Knights in the last decade.

Spencer relies more on his basketball IQ and craftiness to score and he can score in a number of ways. He uses shot fakes well, hesitation moves and the ability to change pace allows him to create for himself.

His biggest strength is his three-point shooting. For his career, he shoots 39.2% from three which would put him fifth in program history.

Overall this is a great pick-up for the Scarlet Knights. The only question will be can he make the jump to a tougher conference. Offensively he can ball with the best of them but his defense still has question marks on it. Smart defensive player but slow in lateral quickness and guarding someone one-on-one he will be a liability.