Clifford Omoruyi Has Picked the Alabama Crimson Tide

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After what has seemed like an eternity Clifford Omoruyi has picked the Tide to continue his college basketball career. Being able to beat the likes of North Carolina for a top transfer portal player shows the Alabama basketball progam has arrived at the national level. Omoruyi is an improved replacement for Nick Pringle who decided to transfer back to his home state and play for South Carolina. Last season at Rutgers, Clifford averaged over 10 points, 8 boards, and most importantly nearly 3 blocks a game. Adding a consistent defensive presence is what was missing from last season is huge and on paper this might be on the most talented rosters assembled in Tuscaloosa.

Since the Final Four loss to UConn it has been a whirlwind for the Tide with additions and subtractions from the transfer portal. Nate Oats has done an amazing job filling the voids from the transfer portal also adding Houston Mallette from Pepperdine and adding Tuscaloosa native Chris Youngblood from USF. Getting another year out of Latrell Wrightsell and Grant Nelson from last year's transfer portal is huge, and I can only imagine the excitement heading into next year's basketball season if Mark Sears decides to take his name out of the NBA draft and run it back another year in Crimson and White.

This may be one of the first times in the school's history where the news from the basketball program has been bigger than the football program. Nate Oats has taken the Alabama basketball to the next level with his recruiting and additions from the transfer portal. The run to the Final Four seems to have done immediate wonders for the Crimson Tide and they have struck while the iron is still hot. Another run to the Final Four and the program's first National Championship on the hardwood may become a reality much sooner that most could ever imagine.