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Saturday / November 16.
  • Pitt hosts 2020 big man Cliff Omoruyi

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Pittsburgh on Friday hosted Cliff Omoruyi on an unofficial visit.

    The 6-foot-11, 237-pound junior big man from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic is a high-motor dunking machine who is still developing his face-up game.

    He was in town visiting family.

    “They are rebuilding a winning culture here, and to win in the ACC they have to land guys like him,” said Omoruyi’s guardian Muhammad Oliver. “He is a priority for them.”

    A native of Nigeria who has only been playing organized basketball for a few years, Omoruyi has drawn comparisons to Clint Capela and Mitchell Robinson. Omoruyi was the most dominant big man in New Jersey this season. He and Kentucky-bound wing Kahlil Whitney helped lead the Lions to the Non-Public B state title game, where they fell to Bryan Antoine, Scottie Lewis and Ranney.

    Last week, Omoruyi picked up a Kentucky offer after meeting with John Calipari and also met with Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl.

    Omoruyi wants to commit on his birthday, Oct. 11, but that he may have to wait until the spring of 2020 to understand all his options.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.