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Thursday / December 12.
  • 2020 big man Cliff Omoruyi attends Rutgers game

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Rutgers got a big win and hosted a big visitor on Friday.

    For their 82-57 victory over UMass, the Scarlet Knights hosted 6-foot-11 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic big man Cliff Omoruyi on an unofficial.

    “I think Rutgers has a lot to offer Cliff and all of the top players in New Jersey,” RC coach Dave Boff said. “It’s a program on the rise that just made a huge commitment to their facilities and is in one of the top leagues in the country. Those factors and the chance to make an impact right away I think are appealing.”

    Ranked the No. 8 center nationally by 247Sports.com, Omoruyi recently trimmed his list to eight schools from 13.

    He is now listing Memphis, Kentucky, Arizona State, UConn, Miami, Auburn, Rutgers and N.C. State.

    “I just want to thank to you all the coaches that recruited me from my freshman year up until now,” Omoruyi said in this podcast.

    Omoruyi took an official visit to Auburn Sept. 13 and plans to commit in the spring. He also attended the Arizona State-Princeton game Tuesday night.

    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 Kentucky’s 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.

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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.