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Monday / October 21.
  • Kentucky, Auburn, UConn checking in on Cliff Omoruyi; Kentucky offers A.J. Griffin (UPDATED)

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Roselle (N.J.) Catholic big man Cliff Omoruyi hosted a Who’s Who of coaches during an open gym on Thursday night.

    Kentucky’s John Calipari, Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and UConn’s Dan Hurley all attended along with assistants.

    The 6-foot-11 Omoruyi recently Tweeted a list of 13 final schools and said, “I will be committing after basketball season.”

    Omoruyi is listing Kentucky, Auburn, Louisville, Arizona State, Memphis, N.C. State, Miami, Maryland, Pitt, St. John’s, UConn, Rutgers and Temple.

    He recently took an official visit to Auburn, and has been to UConn unofficially. He plans to shut it down and not take any more visits until after the high school ends in March.

    “No visits coming,” he told me by text. “I shut it down till next year.”

    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.

    CALIPARI OFFERS A.J. GRIFFIN

    Kentucky’s Calipari and Tony Barbee officially offered Class of 2021 forward A.J. Griffin on Thursday afternoon at Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) on Thursday.

    This was the second time Calipari has seen the son of Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, and an offer seemed likely. He and Villanova coach Jay Wright were in on Sept. 25.

    Asked his impression of Kentucky, Griffin said, “My impression is that they have guys who are committed to the game, like De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, those are two of my favorite players.”

    Griffin is the sixth player in the Class of 2021 to add a Kentucky offer, following Devin Askew, Patrick Baldwin, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Hardy and Jonathan Kuminga.

    In June, the 16-year-old Griffin, who runs with the PSA Cardinals AAU program, picked up offers from Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Michigan and Vanderbilt — in one day.

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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.