Status: UK target
Center | 6-11 | 230
School: Roselle Catholic (N.J.)
Home country: Nigeria
Once speculated as a possible reclassification candidate to 2019, Omoruyi instead decided to stay put in the 2020 class — a wise decision for a promising player who is still developing his game.
The Nigeria native now plays for the same New Jersey high school program that produced UK freshman Kahlil Whitney and former Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, and John Calipari was actually a guest at the school’s basketball camp when he met with Omoruyi and extended a scholarship offer on the spot.
Omoruyi was impressed with his initial meeting with Calipari, and UK is thought to be near the top of his recruiting list going into the winter, but the 6-foot-11 prospect is in no hurry to make a college decision. He will likely take several official visits after his senior season. His five finalists are Kentucky, Arizona State, Auburn, Rutgers and UConn.
Though his skill set is still raw, Omoruyi has high upside, especially as a rebounder and rim-protector. He has the type of motor and grit that Calipari likes in his centers, and UK’s otherwise well-rounded 2020 class is still lacking a player of his power and size.
Omoruyi averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 63.8 percent from the floor and blocking 22 shots in 13 regular-season games on the Nike circuit this past spring and summer.
“He’s a physical monster. He’s 6-foot-10 with a 7-5 wingspan. Granite-sized shoulders. He just does what he has to do, and that’s protect the bucket, rim-run, drop-off score. You talk about energy guys, that’s the kind of guy we’re talking about.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans