Who Alabama Basketball is targeting in the transfer portal

Alabama head coach Nate Oats encourages his team against Connecticut during the Final Four semifinal
Alabama head coach Nate Oats encourages his team against Connecticut during the Final Four semifinal / Patrick Breen/The Republic / USA TODAY
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With the College Basketball season coming to a close the madness of the transfer portal is fully underway. Nate Oats is meeting with his team to discuss their best course of action to determine what his roster will look like next season. After gaining player feedback, Oats will pursue players in the transfer portal. It's early on in the process yet, the Alabama basketball team has reached out to a few transfers.

Oumar Ballo - Center - Top Ranked Transfer

Alabama struggled with the loss of Charles Bediako lacking a true center that could slow bigs like Zach Edey and Donovan Clingan. The Tide have reportedly shown interest in Arizona transfer Oumar Ballo who's spent a season at Gonzaga and three seasons at Arizona. The 7"0 Center averaged 12.9 points per game with 10.1 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game.

Landing Ballo would give the Tide a traditional center rather than the preferred Nate Oats player as Ballo is yet to attempt a three-pointer. The size of Ballo would help Alabama against bigger lineups giving the team much-needed size and defense.

Clifford Omoruyi - Center - Sixth Ranked Transfer

The Tide have also reached out to Rutgers big man Clifford Omoruyi a 6"10 monster on the inside. He averaged 10.4 points per game with 8.3 rebounds per game while blocking 2.9 blocks per game. Omoruyi was one of the best rim defenders in college basketball and could become a massive upgrade on defense for the Tide.

The early indication is that St John's drew Omoruyi into the transfer portal however, there's been no indication of his plans yet. Landing Omoruyi will be tough as he's heard from around 30 of the Nation's top programs but, fresh off of a Final Four run and Nate Oats buzz around staying at Alabama the Tide will be at or near the top of the list.