Recruits saying that a school is their “dream school” has been something that we’ve heard several times recently.
Clifford Omoruyi has now said it about Kentucky. The four-star recruit from Roselle (NJ) didn’t play an organized game of basketball before coming to the United States in 2016 from Nigeria.
Chris Fisher of Cats Pause was able to talk with Omoruyi about Kentucky.
“That was one of my dream schools,” Omoruyi said at the NBPA Top 100 Camp Thursday. “When I was back in Nigeria, I used to hear the most about Kentucky.”
John Calipari went to visit Omoruyi at his high school after he had recruited teammate Kahlil Whitney, but while he was there, he offered Omoruyi a scholarship which was his dream. He had about a half hour conversation with coach Cal and the two barely talked about basketball.
The 2020 rising star is already having a big impact on the defensive end of the floor and with his rebounding but he is still trying to get his offensive game figured out.
“Cliff has only been playing basketball for a little under three years,” Oliver said. “He came to America for academic purposes and it just so happened he liked basketball and showed a work ethic and has developed.”
Omoruyi’s guardian noted that they are wanting to get to Lexington for a visit very soon.
“We definitely looking to get to the school as soon as possible,” Oliver said. “I’ve been there with Isaiah (Briscoe), so I definitely want to get him up there to see the school.”
While much of the buzz is surrounding the potential addition of Kerry Blackshear Jr., the Cats were seemingly in the mix for Omoruyi, who has been mentioned as a reclass candidate.
However, it sounds like that won’t be happening, according to Corey Evans of Rivals.
“The last I heard is that they’re still set on going 2020,” Evans told the Herald-Leader. “But, as we know, when pressure comes, anything can happen.”
It sounds like Lexington is where Omoruyi wants to be, even if it’s not for another year.