Wednesday's Leftovers: Ziaire Williams, Duke, Oklahoma

Corey Evans, Basketball Analyst
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The mailbag was running over with questions this week, and Wednesday’s Leftovers is loaded with information pertaining to some of the nation’s elite. Today, we take a look at North Carolina’s chances with Ziaire Williams, the latest on Cliff Omoruyi, who leads for Kennedy Chandler and what Duke and Oklahoma might achieve with their 2021 classes.

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Completely out? No, North Carolina is still in the running for Ziaire Williams despite being full on scholarships for the year. Early departures and unexpected defections do happen, which is why the Tar Heels remain in touch with the five-star prospect. Their only chance would be for Williams to hold off from committing until after the season - and a roster loss. Then, and only then, would UNC have a chance to take Williams, so look for Roy Williams to string out the top-10 prospect so the Tar Heels might have a chance in the spring.

I don’t expect that to happen, though. The feeling is that Williams will visit Oregon and potentially UCLA in the coming weeks and then go into deliberation mode. The three programs to beat are Arizona, Stanford and USC. The Cardinal had most of the talk this summer, while the Trojans were the talk of the fall. However, my prediction currently sits with Sean Miller’s program and a commitment will likely to be made in late winter.

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Cliff Omoruyi is behind only Hunter Dickinson as the top available center prospect. Last week, Omoruyi narrowed his school list to a group of eight consisting of Arizona State, Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, NC State, Rutgers and UConn.

Earlier this fall, Omoruyi decided to postpone his remaining his visits until the spring. He has already taken an official visit to Auburn and has been to Pitt, Rutgers and UConn. Arizona State has received most of the talk in recent weeks, but could the distance from home work against the Sun Devils?

Also make note of Kentucky. Omoruyi has taken a great liking to potentially playing alongside such a great playmaker in Devin Askew. The two developed strong chemistry dating back to their camp days, and Askew could be a chip that John Calipari uses as he tries to woo Omoruyi to Lexington.

Look for Omoruyi to potentially visit the local programs when his calendar allows, as was the case when he visited Rutgers last week. From there, official visits will be taken once his high school season completes, with a signing likely to happen in April.

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