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Alabama basketball lands transfer portal center

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Alabama basketball has found its center.

Clifford Omoruyi will transfer to the Crimson Tide, per On3.com. He is the No. 5 player in 247Sports’ transfer rankings and the No. 2 center.

Omoruyi played for Rutgers the past four seasons. He is 6 feet tall and 240 pounds. He plans to give Alabama vital rim protection that was missing for much of the 2023-2024 season when Charles Bediako made a late pivot to stay in the NBA Draft, surprising the Crimson Tide. Omoruyi earned a spot on the All-Big Ten defensive team each of the past two seasons.

In his senior season, Omoruyi averaged 26.9 minutes per game, while averaging 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 10.4 points. He shot 51.2% from the field. The season before as a junior, he averaged 13.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

Omoruyi’s birthplace is Benin City, Nigeria. He was born in Nigeria but moved to New Jersey at the age of 14. He then played in high school for Queen of Peace and Roselle Catholic. He was a four-star prospect according to 247Sports and he received offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Arizona and Alabama, but he chose Rutgers.

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Nick Kelly is the Alabama beat writer for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network, covering Alabama football and men’s basketball. Reach him at [email protected] or follow him @_NickKelly on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter.