Rutgers picked up its first commitment for the incredibly important 2018 class today, when 4-star Power Forward Mamadou Doucoure announced that he was becoming a Scarlet Knight.
Doucoure currently plays at Our Savior New American School (NY) and is listed at 6’9, 220 lbs. He also had offers from UConn, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and St. John’s.
Andrew Slater broke the news earlier this morning…
This is a major addition. Doucoure had some top-tier teams interested and chose Rutgers. In his initial interview with 247 Sports, he mentioned how much love he felt from the Rutgers staff, specifically Steve Pikiell and Brandin Knight. They made sure he was a top priority throughout the process and were rewarded for their efforts.
But my favorite quote from that article comes from Doucoure’s high school coach Eric Jaklitsch, “There is no doubt in the metropolitan area that everyone has been impressed with the coaching and development going on at Rutgers.”
Wow. When was the last time we heard praise like that from a local high school coach?
The 2018 class is vitally important for RU. The current top four bigs in the rotation will all be gone (Gettys, Freeman, Sa, Doorson) so we’ll need to reload the front line. Luckily, it’s shaping up to be a really talented class, especially in the metro area. And Pike and his staff, in a very short time period, have already shown they can get it done on the recruiting trail.
There’s still more work to do, but for now, let’s just enjoy the early Christmas present.
Earlier today, the Scarlet Knights departed for Washington D.C. in preparation for the 2016 Big Ten Media Day. Representing the team this year will be Corey Sanders, Mike Williams, and Head Coach Steve Pikiell. RVision All Access followed their journey to the nation’s capital.
The event starts tomorrow at 9am with coach press conferences.
Well, it’s been nearly two years since my last post, but the time is finally right for a return. A lot has changed since 2014, both personally and for the Rutgers basketball program.
For the Knights, there’s a new Head Coach (Steve Pikiell)…new Athletic Director (Pat Hobbs)…and a surprisingly solid recruiting class after one of the more disappointing seasons I can remember.
Life in the Big Ten has not been easy so far. But…things appear (and I have to stress that word) to be headed in the right direction.
On a personal level, I became a father earlier this year. Still trying to decide if I want to groom my son to be a Rutgers basketball fan, or if I’d rather have him avoid the heartache. Tough decision.
Anyway, there’s an exciting season of basketball ahead, and it’s been 25 years since Rutgers last made the NCAA tournament. Is a National Championship too much to ask?