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Sunday / July 14.
  • Alabama lands Rutgers transfer Cliff Omoruyi

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The decision is in and Cliff Omoruyi is headed to Alabama.

    The 6-foot-11 Rutgers transfer chose the Crimson Tide over Georgetown, Kansas State and North Carolina.

    “I felt Alabama was the best fit for me of all the schools I visited,” Omoruyi told College Hoops Today. “They showed me the path to obtain the mutual goals of winning and player development.”

    He said of head coach Nate Oats: “I love their NBA style offense as well as the pace they play. I feel that this is the best situation to direct me to the NBA, which is my goal.”

    A native of Nigeria, he averaged 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks last season at Rutgers.

    He joins incoming transfer guards Aden Holloway (Auburn) and Houston Mallette (Pepperdine) and wing Chris Youngblood (USF).

    The Tide also brings in a loaded 2024 recruiting class ranked No. 2 by 247Sports.com featuring Naas Cunningham, Derrion Reid, Aiden Sherrell and Labaron Philon.

    “I’m excited for Cliff and this next part of his journey,” said his former high school coach, Dave Boff. “Alabama is getting arguably the best defensive big man in the country who has also developed a very solid offensive game both facing up and with his back to the basket.”

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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.

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