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Boardwalk Showcase Player Profile: "Big Cliff "Omoruyi

By Kaitlyn Fedor

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Class of 2020 big man Cliff Omoruyi headlines at Boardwalk Showcase. Widely known for his imposing size and competitive nature, “Big Cliff” earned a position in ESPN’s Top 50. Cliff remains uncommitted entering his senior season but plans to attend school for mechanical engineering.


Q: How would you describe yourself as a player to someone who has never seen you play?

A: An athletic big who runs the floor. Shot blocker, rebounder, and finisher around the basket (mid-range jumper).

Q: What role do you play on your team?

A: Center in charge of rebounding, good defender, and finisher.

Q: What are we going to see different from you this year?

A: I have been working on my ball-handling and a little bit of behind the arc jumper.

Q: You get a lot of media attention. Do you play differently when there are cameras at your games?

A: I do what I do best at all times regardless of cameras or no cameras.

Q: What was the biggest transition for you from Africa to the States?

A: Learning to eat the food and leaving my mum.

Q: Who has had the biggest impact on your game?

A: I would say all three (coaches, players, family), but most importantly, family.

Q: Which schools have been the most active in your recruitment?

A: Rutgers, Arizona State & Auburn.

Q: Where / When did the nickname “Big Cliff” originate?

A: Back home when I was in middle school. I was the tallest in my class and my gym teacher called me Big Cliff.

Q: What is something you would like people to know about you?

A: “I’m more than and athlete.“


2020 Boardwalk Showcase

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