Big man Cliff Omoruyi enjoys Auburn visit, TCU up next | Zagsblog
Recent Posts
About ZagsBlog
Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Follow Zags on Twitter
Contact Zags
Connect with Zags:
Sunday / December 8.
  • Big man Cliff Omoruyi enjoys Auburn visit, TCU up next

    Share Zagsblog Share Zagsblog
    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Cliff Omoruyi, the 6-foot-11, 237-pound Class of 2020 big man from Roselle (N.J.), took his first official visit to Auburn this weekend and took in the football team’s 55-16 destruction of Kent State.

    He then returned home in time for his open gym on Sunday morning at his high school.

    “It was great,” he said of the visit. “I liked everything, the academics, everything.” Of the football game, he said, “It was fun.”

    Omoruyi said of Auburn, ‘They’re in my top schools.”

    Auburn is looking for Omoruyi to slide into the frontcourt next season.

    “They got two bigs now, one of them is going to graduate next year,” he said.

    As of now, he has an official visit set for TCU next weekend.

    Kentucky, Pittsburgh, UConn, Louisville, Miami, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, St. John’s and Arizona State are also involved.

    Omoruyi is a high-motor dunking machine who is still developing his face-up game. He plays at the same high school that produced Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky), Tyler Roberson (Syracuse), Naz Reid (LSU) and Kahlil Whitney (Kentucky).

    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 last season. He and Whitney and Temple’s Josh Pierre-Louis helped lead the Lions to the Non-Public B state title game, where they fell to Bryan Antoine, Scottie Lewis and Ranney.

    Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter

    And Like ZAGS on Facebook



    Written by

    [email protected]

    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.