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

Rutgers v Purdue
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North Carolina Tar Heels


I could copy/paste some of the things I wrote in Alabama’s section since the teams have similar appeals. However, one current difference is that the Tar Heels star RJ Davis (21.2 ppg) isn’t going through the NBA Draft process and is set to come back for 2024-25. With Belmont transfer Cade Tyson joining the fold and 5-star incoming wing prospects (Ian Jackson and Drake Powell), this is a top-10 caliber roster already.

What Coach Hubert Davis can also sell Omoruyi is that he can be the perfect replacement for Armando Bacot, the All-American center of the past few years. The former Rutgers star can rebound almost as well and would be a defensive upgrade.


If the big man is looking for a maximum role on the offensive end, UNC isn’t the best option for obvious reasons since Davis is going to take a large usage rate on his own. They also have been after some power forward options, including Kentucky transfer, Adou Thiero. If they land him, Thiero might not be the perfect compliment to Omoruyi in the frontcourt.

Plus, Coach Hubert Davis, along with Coach Tang of K-State, isn’t as proven as the other coaching options, Nate Oats and Ed Cooley. If this potentially comes down to Alabama vs UNC, Coach Oats has a more proven track record of development, as well as a Final Four appearance. But it’s definitely close between them.