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Four-Star Big Man Prospect Cliff Omoruyi is Officially Off the Board

(Photo: Nick Koza)

(Photo: Nick Koza)

Losing recruits is a fact of life for all college coaches, even ones such as John Calipari. But it’s not every day that Rutgers University swoops in and snags a top-50 prospect.

One-time Kentucky prospect and four-star center Cliff Omoruyi has announced on social media that he intends to join the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-10 high school senior is ranked as the 41st prospect in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports. He’ll head to Rutgers as the program’s highest rated recruit since Mike Rosario back in 2008.

Omoruyi previously cut Kentucky out of his list earlier in March, ultimately choosing between Rutgers, Arizona State, and Auburn.

Rutgers is located in New Jersey, not far from Omoruyi’s current high school, Roselle Catholic (NJ). The Scarlet Knights have reportedly been on him since his debut on the high school circuit and he highlights their latest recruiting class. Rutgers finished with a 20-11 record in 2019-20 under fourth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, marking the first time since the 2005-06 season the program posted a winning record. Had the postseason not been canceled, Rutgers might have made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.

Omoruyi once said that Kentucky was his “dream school”, now he’s dreaming of turning around a historically bad basketball program.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

9 Comments for Four-Star Big Man Prospect Cliff Omoruyi is Officially Off the Board

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:25 pm March 29, 2020 Permalink

    According Rivals rankings he’d be competing with 2 5* Power Fowards and some just don’t like that level of competition for playing time.

  2. JASUN74
    1:21 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

    No! The truth is he should’ve ended up here as our center. Another kid Cal told to wait until his first choice decides to do and lost him to. It’s about the fourth Big guy recently we’ve lost because Cal wanted to wait for someone else. Big Cliff could’ve really helped himself and Kentucky in a couple years. Ohh well. Worst part is, he loved Kentucky and wanted to sign on the spot, but now we won’t even get him or the guys Cal wants.

    Could’ve had Kockburn last year it Cal did him the same way and we lost him. Also Jared Allen was dying to come here but of course he was Cal second or third choice and he wen to Texas. He’s only starting in the NBA now and he’s a 7’3 dunking and shot blocking machine and playing like an All Star. It’s a shame really we let those guys go when they all wanted to be here. Not my call though and I sure don’t make 10 million a year to pick them. Hahaha. Go Cats. We’ll certainly need some size from the portal Or Juco one.

    • MississippiBlue
      2:29 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

      Did you just say that Jarrett Allen and his double-single career 9.9pts and 7.7rbs stats is playing like an all star? Are we watching the same NBA? No disrespect, but stop!

    • UKFanSC
      8:31 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

      You must have access to a lot of family discussions to have such insights and conclusions.

    • Bobbum Man
      10:25 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

      Well I highly doubt you know where any of these kids wanted or want to go…. also it’s Jarrett Allen, he’s not all that great, and he’s certainly not 7’3… also was the year we had bam if I remember correct who’s having a far better NBA career

    • CrystalBall
      11:08 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

      Jackson is a much better player tham Omoruyi.

    • WKY Cat
      1:18 pm March 30, 2020 Permalink

      Someone has gotten off the Cal train.

  3. Corder
    10:40 am March 30, 2020 Permalink

    Never seen so many fans cry about losing top 50 guys. Come on now, when are people going to realize Cal always puts together a solid team that competes year in year out no matter what. I’m truly amazed that in our fan base there are people that still think we are suppose to get every single kid they want and think that’s great. You said it your self, he could have helped us in a couple of years. Why wait a couple of years when we can have guys come right in and contribute.

  4. Aar
    12:47 pm March 30, 2020 Permalink

    Never thought I’d see my Alma Mater beat UK in basketball recruiting.