Rutgers Men’s Basketball

PISCATAWAY, NJ - FEBRUARY 14: Clifford Omoruyi #11 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights dunks against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the second half at Jersey Mike's Arena on February 14, 2023 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 82-72. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Rutgers junior center Clifford Omoruyi has been tremendous this year for the Scarlet Knights. In addition to being named First-Team All Defense by the Big Ten this past week, Omoruyi’s life story was featured on a segment on CBS Evening News.

Born in Nigeria, Omoruyi didn’t start playing basketball until he was 14, according to the news segment. And it was his relentless effort to get better while playing basketball at the Salvation Army in Newark that transformed his life. Now he’s giving back.

Watch below!

Rutgers basketball star donates endorsement money to program that gave him his start

CBS News Newark, New Jersey - Cliff Omoruyi is known for his powerhouse dunks. But the Rutgers University junior only started playing basketball at age 14, just before his family in Nigeria sent him to New Jersey. "It was just to get a better education," Omoruyi told CBS News.

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