canada africa partner reservation Alabama lands impact big man from Rutgers from transfer portal

Alabama lands impact big man from Rutgers from transfer portal

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Alabama has made a big splash in the transfer portal.

Rutgers big man Clifford Omoruyi announced his commitment to Nate Oats’ program on social media on Sunday.

Omoruyi committed to UA over Georgetown, Kansas State and North Carolina. Joe Tipton, a college basketball recruiting insider for On3, said Omoruyi turned down a $2 million NIL offer to play for Alabama instead.

Alabama insider Tony Touskalas of Rivals also shared that North Carolina outbid Omoruyi in NIL, but Alabama won.

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What Alabama gets in Omoruyi

The 6-11, 240-pound center was a multi-year starter at Rutgers. Omoruyi played 121 games in four seasons with the Scarlet Knights, making 104 starts.

Omoruyi’s career numbers have him averaging 10.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He came closest to a double-double average in 2022-23 with 13.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per outing. Omoruyi averaged 10.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in the 2023-24 season.

Although Omoruyi has 1,251 career points, his defense has also been hyped. Omoruyi has earned the reputation of being a standout rim protector.

Omoruyi has 221 career blocks, including 93 last season. Last season, Omoruyi had 10 games of at least 4 blocks, 3 games of at least 7 blocks, and at least 2 blocks in all but eight games. He became the first Big Ten player with 8 or more blocks in multiple conference games during a season since 1999-2000.

Putting the pieces together for another special season

Alabama reached the Final Four this year for the first time in program history. With the roster Nate Oats is putting together, UA could make back-to-back Final Fours.

Mark Sears is currently testing the NBA Draft waters. If he returns, the Tide will be absolutely loaded for another special season.

UA is already set to return Grant Nelson, Latrell Wrightsell and Jarin Stevenson. Oats has done work in the portal, with Omoruyi being the fourth transfer.

If Sears returns, Alabama should be the preseason favorite in the SEC.