Cliff Omoruyi Announces Commitment to Rutgers University

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Cliff Omoruyi is joining the Scarlet Knights (Photo & edit: Tim Lang / Basketball Society)

Class of 2020 big man and recently acclaimed NJ Gatorade Player of the Year Clifford Omoruyi of Roselle Catholic High School has announced that he will be attending Rutgers University this fall via Instagram.

Omoruyi recently cut his list down to Auburn, Rutgers, and Arizona State, but ultimately chose the Scarlet Knights. He also had other high major offers from other programs like Kentucky and Alabama.

This past year at Roselle Catholic he acclaimed himself as the best big man in the state and arguably the country. After averaging 14.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.4 blocks, Roselle Catholic was well on their way to the Tournament of Champions. That was until the Coronavirus hit the state of New Jersey and canceled all NJSIAA winter playoffs all in a span of 3 days. He became the first NJ Gatorade Player of the Year in school history a few weeks later and selected to play in the 2020 Iverson Classic.

Rutgers fans were often seen at his games attempting to recruit him shouting, “We want Cliff!” Several Rutgers players also supported him and came to his games throughout the season.

Rutgers fans have been lobbying for Omoruyi to join the program (Photo via Tim Lang/ Basketball Society)

Omoruyi told me via text on his commitment:

“It was the best choice for me because I was familiar with everyone from the last player on the bench to the athletic director.”

Omoruyi will go down as Rutgers’ second highest-ranked commit ever only behind Mike Rosario of 2008. He is already on projected 2021 NBA draft boards. He looks to bring Rutgers to their first NCAA Tournament since 1991, though the Scarlet Knights were expected to go dancing this month before March Madness became a casualty of the Coronvavirus outbreak.

Rutgers faithful see this as an especially important win for local recruiting. The commitment of Omoruyi continues their recent success pulling in top-tier talent from New Jersey, an effort they’ve struggled with in the past.

Rutgers will regroup after having one of its best seasons in years with Omoruyi headlining their frontcourt next season.

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