The Rutgers staff found out earlier today that they’ve lost the recruiting battle for Makhtar Gueye, a 6’10” Forward from Aspire Academy (AZ). Gueye instead chose UAB.
Gueye is a 3-star rated recruit by Rivals and just took an official visit to Rutgers in early October. He was a top priority for the coaching staff, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. For now, Geo Baker remains the only member of the Knights 2017 recruiting class.
Let’s face it…recruiting is a tough game. Sometimes you’ll win and sometimes you’ll lose. This one we lost, but the effort we’re putting in on the recruiting trail should not be overlooked. The fact that we’re even on the short list (and by accounts, we were in the final two) for a 3-star recruit is a step in the right direction. But you know the best way to close the deal? Winning.
By all accounts, Steve Pikiell and his staff are going to put in the work to get top recruits on campus and interested in Rutgers basketball. If we can couple their hard work with improvement on the court, we’ll start turning more heads as the recruiting season moves forward.
After only one conference win in 2015-16, it was obvious that Rutgers needed an influx of new talent to compete in the Big Ten. To add to that, when the smoke cleared after Eddie Jordan was let go, we were left with only seven scholarship players. That’s why it was so important that Steve Pikiell wasted no time hitting the recruiting trail when he took the job.
In just a few short months, Pikiell changed the entire makeup of the roster by adding much-needed height and versatile defenders. In doing so, he made a statement about how this team will play and what aspects of the game will be emphasized by the new regime.
Let’s take a look at what each of the 6 newcomers bring to the table.