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NCAA Basketball: 8 teams who should target Rutgers transfer Clifford Omoruyi

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Syracuse Orange

Although they’re far from Rutgers, Syracuse is still a regional option if the big man wants to stay close to home. This team also desperately needs a center that can play big minutes. Last season, the Orange started Naheem McLeod but he’s limited, with Mounir Hima barely getting backup minutes.

The fact that Maliq Brown got a good amount of minutes at the five-spot was why Syracuse was below average on defense. Adding Omoruyi would be a big boost on that end and pairing him with veteran guards JJ Starling and Judah Mintz would make the Orange a contender in the ACC next season.

Villanova Wildcats

After a disappointing past season, Villanova could be losing several key pieces. That may include starting forward Eric Dixon, who played mostly at the five-spot. That’s an undersized big man and that hurt them since Kentucky transfer Lance Ware never got into the main rotation.

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The Wildcats would be another local option for Omoruyi if he wanted to stay close to home and the program reportedly has a good NIL bag if they wanted to get in the mix. They need a true anchor at center to compete in the Big East and right now, the former Scarlet Knight big man is the top available option.