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3-star forward Dylan Grant commits to Rutgers



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Rutgers men’s basketball added another athletic and versatile prospect to its 2024 class with 3-star Dylan Grant announcing his commitment to the program on Monday.

Grant spoke with On3’s Joe Tipton about his decision to commit to Rutgers.

“I loved the vibe! Playing in the Big 10 has always been a dream of mine. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to learn from the experienced coaching staff at Rutgers. Coach (Steve) Pikiell brings a wealth of knowledge in the game of basketball. I see their vision and I believe in it.”

As for the type of player he is, Grant told Tipton, “I am a versatile player that is able to guard various positions. I don’t shy away from hard work and my athleticsm has proven to be an asset on the court. Offensively, I like to take it downhill off the dribble and to the rim or stretch the floor for a shot.”

The 6’7″ prospect in the class of 2024 is coming off an impressive performance at last month’s Peach Jam. Grant plays for The Family, the AAU program that Rutgers assistant coach Marlon Williamson used to run and coach at. He’s also teammates with 2025 standout Darius Acuff, who Rutgers also offered this summer and 5-star Trey McKenney, who is taking an official visit to Piscataway in October.

Grant holds additional offers from Cincinnati, DePaul, Loyola-Chicago, VCU, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Oakland. Per 247 Sports composite rankings, Grant has a player grade of 0.8730, is the No. 2 recruit in Michigan, the No. 45 power forward nationally and No. 206 recruit in the 2024 class. He’s rated a 3-star prospect by 247, Rivals and On3, while ESPN lists him as a 4-star.

His athleticism and physicality sticks out. He had the 5th most dunks on the Nike EYBL circuit this past year and played his best basketball during July’s Peach Jam. At the marquee event on the summer recruiting circuit, Grant averaged 15.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in five games. He shot an impressive 61.2% from two-point range (30-49) and was 15 of 20 from the foul line for 75.0%. Grant scored in double digits in all five games, scored 20+ points twice and recorded a double-double.

A couple weeks after Peach Jam, Max Feldman of Made Hoops wrote this of Grant at an event in Los Angeles. Feldman said, “He’s been a favorite for sometime due to his workman-like approach and versatility, but Dylan Grant has made strides in his game as of late. Always a presence on the glass and as a finisher around the rim, but he’s developed a solid foundation as a shooter to build upon. The 6-7 multi-faceted forward connected on multiple 3’s in more than one game and appeared very comfortable in the process. Defensively, he plays bigger than he is and has the athleticism to thrive in a heavy-switch system. High majors have flirted with Grant, but it seems more likely than not that someone will get a high level forward who’s ready to impact winning from the jump in the Canadian national.”

Rutgers made a late push for Grant as the program appears close to landing the No. 2 recruit in the 2024 class, combo guard Dylan Harper. Head coach Steve Pikiell also has a commitment from the No. 3 recruit, wing Ace Bailey, who was named MVP of the prestigious Curry Camp and starred at Rucker Park recently.

The Scarlet Knights also have commitments from 4-star big man Lathan Sommerville and 4-star wing Bryce Dortch. While potentially signing five players in the 2024 class might seem like a lot, Pikiell has spoken multiple times about approaching the roster year to year. The staff also seems to be balancing the class with potential one and done players along with talented long term pieces to the puzzle. It seems like a smart approach and stockpiling talent is never a bad thing.

As of now, Rutgers continues to have the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the nation with Bailey, Sommerville, Dortch and Grant, who looks like a great fit on paper and film.

To watch or listen to my rapid reaction on what Grant’s commitment means for Rutgers, click here.

Highlights of Grant are below.

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  1. BataliBoli98

    August 28, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    I couldn’t agree more regarding the balance of the 2024 class. It is so exciting what Pikiell is putting together. That said, like so many I am really exited about what the 2023 squad might potentially do. Jersey Mike’s/The RAC will be as electric as ever in the years to come. Go RU!

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