Another day and another top 100 prospect is reportedly set to visit Rutgers in the near future. Andrew Slater tweeted on Thursday that 4-star wing Brandon Stores Jr. is visiting the program on September 15.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brandon Stores Jr.’25 @bstoresjr of @StRaymondRavens & @NYRhoops will take official visits to:#Rutgers September 15-17
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— 𝒜𝓃𝒹𝓇ℯ𝓌 𝒮𝓁𝒶𝓉ℯ𝓇 (@Andrew__Slater) August 31, 2023
The 6’4″, 210 pound wing from St. Raymond for Boys is a high 4-star prospect with a grade of 0.9671. Per 247 Sports composite rankings, Stores is ranked No. 4 prospect in New York, No. 16 wing and No. 78 recruit overall. The Bronx, New York native holds offers from Providence, Washington, Penn State, Syracuse, Xavier, Maryland and Rutgers. He also has interest from Memphis, Pitt, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Boston College among others.
In four games playing for the 16 year old NY Rens team at the Peach Jam last week, the same AAU program as Dylan Harper, Stores showcased his talent. He averaged 16.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.5 steals in 28.3 minutes per game. Stores shot 41.0% from the floor, 46.9% from two-point range (23-49), 16.7% from three (2-12) and 88.2% from the foul line (15-17).
“Steve Pikiell has done a great job of building a relationship with me,” Stores told Hitmen Hoops back in July.
There is reportedly a connection with the program as Stores’ father played for current Rutgers chief of staff Steve Hayn per Alec Crouthamel of Rivals/The Knight Report.
Stores is in the mold of the type player that Rutgers likes to have on the perimeter. He has good size and versatility, plays hard with an attacking mentality, is a willing rebounder and can score in multiple ways. Stores also has shown he’ll do the little things, especially when his shot doesn’t fall. He also is physically strong, has good body control and finishes through contact well.
Rutgers continues to gain momentum on the recruiting trail with the 2025 class. On Tuesday, it was reported that 4-star wing Jaylen Harrell is also visiting Rutgers on September 15. He is AAU teammates with 3-star point guard Nigel James who was offered and visited the program in June.
In addition, 5-star combo guard Trey McKenney is set to take an official visit on the weekend of October 13. His AAU teammate, 5-star point guard Darius Acuff, is also in the process of setting up a visit to RU. This comes on the same week that 3-star forward Dylan Grant committed to Rutgers in the 2024 class. All three recruits play for The Family, a Michigan based AAU program that plays on the Nike EYBL circuit. It’s the same program that current Rutgers assistant Marlon “Smoke” Williamson previously coached at and ran as director.
Getting Stores on campus soon puts Rutgers in a strong position in his recruitment. The same can be said for all the other Top 100 prospects they are lining up visits for in the class of 2025.
Watch highlights of Stores Jr. from last season’s playoffs for St. Raymond.
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