2020 four-star forward Cliff Omoruyi trimmed his list this afternoon, and the Kentucky Wildcats were included.
“Thank you to all the schools that showed interest in me,” he said in a post on his Twitter page. “I will he committing after basketball season.”
The final list? Kentucky, Auburn, Memphis, Louisville, Arizona State, NC State, Miami, Maryland, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Connecticut, Rutgers, and Temple.
Thank you to all the schools that showed interest in me. I will be committing after basketball season #stayonthegrind #offers #basketball #focus #favored #humble #lol #themarathoncontinues pic.twitter.com/fDhCrzwyI8
— Bigcliff77 (@wizcliff77) September 28, 2019
Back at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June, Omoruyi told KSR that Kentucky was one of the first schools he was able to watch growing up in Nigeria.
“I was happy [to receive an offer] because Kentucky was one of my dream schools growing up,” he said. “Like when I was back in Nigeria, I used to hear most about Kentucky.”
At the time, KSR was told that Omoruyi was “emotional” upon receiving his scholarship offer from Kentucky. For a player that has had such a long journey to get where he is now, it was certainly special to hold a scholarship from one of the most prestigious schools in college basketball history.
Omoruyi said that when he met John Calipari for the first time, he couldn’t contain his excitement, screaming and jumping up and down when the Kentucky head coach came to his school.
“Yeah, that was my first time meeting him in person,” the four-star big man said with a smile. “They told me it was some coach, but I started screaming a lot when [I realized it was Coach Cal.] I went crazy.”
While he’s certainly a big fan of the Kentucky program, his recruitment is a bit different. Despite being a high-motor four-star forward with elite potential as a rebounder and shot-blocker, Omoruyi is still a major work in progress offensively. As a result, the UK coaching staff has prioritized the likes of Greg Brown, Isaiah Todd, and Isaiah Jackson, along with securing a commitment from 2020 four-star forward Lance Ware, just a bit more. The 6-foot-11 center prospect is still being recruited – Kenny Payne went to see him at Roselle Catholic in the second week of the fall recruiting period – he just falls a bit further down on the school’s priority list at this time.
With EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards, and Nate Sestina all expected to be gone next season, though, Kentucky will need to sign anywhere from three to four frontcourt prospects in 2020. And judging by UK’s presence on Omoruyi’s list, it’s apparent he still feels confident he can take one of those spots when a commitment is made following the high school basketball season.
Until then, check out some of his most recent highlights below:
Year 4 loading…….. pic.twitter.com/MVyLIIEqxi
— Bigcliff77 (@wizcliff77) September 23, 2019