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Saturday / September 19.
  • Cliff Omoruyi planning visits after the high school season

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    By ETHAN FULLER

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Cliff Omoruyi remains uncommitted, but the four-star senior big man says all of his top five schools are passionately pulling for him to join their program.

    The Roselle (N.J.) Catholic big man has visited Auburn officially, but plans to visit the rest of the schools after the season, as reported this week by ZAGSBLOG. 

    However, the pull to commit is already coming from fan bases. The 6-foot-11 senior said that Auburn, Kentucky and Rutgers have the most persistent fans on social media. Omoruyi attended Rutgers’ win over Indiana on Sunday and once again heard the school’s faithful chant his name.

    “It felt good,” he said after posting 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks as the Lions lost to Bishop Gorman, 55-47, on Saturday at the Hoophall Classic. ” I felt special when they started chanting, ‘We want Cliff, we want Cliff.'”

    Omoruyi also recognized the pedigree of Kentucky and noted their expansive history with top recruits.

    “Kentucky is a school everyone wants to play at,” he said. “In college basketball, everyone wants to play for Coach Cal.”

    Kentucky commits Devin Askew and Terrence Clarke are among his recruiters. But Omoruyi noted that the current basketball program is not the only factor in his decision-making process. He is also thinking about the school and its history of success.

    “I need a school with a good engineering program, and I think all the schools I want have good alumni,” Omoruyi said. 

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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.