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NCAA Basketball: Pros and cons of Rutgers transfer Cliff Omoruyi final 4 teams

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Alabama Crimson Tide


If star guard and 21 ppg scorer Mark Sears comes back for a 5th year, Alabama will be a national title contender. They’re loaded just about everywhere in the rotation, including transfer guard additions, Houston Mallette and Chris Youngblood. Stretch forward Grant Nelson also is coming back for a 5th year and can be a nice one-two punch alongside Omoruyi in the frontcourt.

Under head coach Nate Oats, the Crimson Tide is one of the best team offenses in all of NCAA Basketball. Offense has been a weak spot in the former Rutgers big man’s game, shooting just 52% from the field on just two-point shots. An improvement in that area is what can turn the veteran center into a true NBA Draft prospect.


With both Mohamed Wague and Nice Pringle, the center position is wide open. However, if Jarin Stevenson, a former 5-star prospect, comes back from the NBA Draft process and has a breakout sophomore season, that could affect Omoruyi’s potential role.

At the same time, the big man may not get much of an offensive role, due to who is on the roster. Sears would take a large portion of the shots, as well as Nelson and the transfers. Worst-case scenario, Omoruyi would be in the same situation he was at Rutgers.