During Rutgers’ 90-57 win over Coppin State on Friday night, news broke that 4-star point guard Dellquan Warren had committed to the program via Facebook. He is considered one of the best defensive 1’s in the 2024 class. Warren is the first of what head coach Steve Pikiell hopes to be a several highly rated prospects to ultimately become Scarlet Knights.
The 6’1″ Erie, Pennsylvania native ranks 103rd nationally in the 247 Sports composite rankings for the 2024 class. He is also ranked the 17th best point guard in the class and No. 5 in Pennsylvania by 247 Sports. In addition, On3 ranks Warren No. 50 in the entire 2024 class and the 9th best point guard. He visited Ohio State, Xavier, and Cincinnati as well as reported offers from Alabama, Maryland, Pitt and Dayton.
Warren visited unofficially last March and was offered at the same time. He recently spoke to 247 Sports about how Rutgers was recruiting him the hardest. Assistant coach TJ Thompson was the lead recruiter for Warren as he was for 2023 top 40 prospect Gavin Griffiths. This past week, Warren took another unofficial visit to Rutgers as his team Keystone Academy played in a showcase event at the RAC. He committed during his visit and attended Friday’s game against Coppin State.
The point guard is an extremely athletic and strong floor general who is explosive off the dribble and as a dunker. He can shoot the three, is a good passer with a high basketball IQ as well as a tough, on ball defender willing to defend the entire length of the court.
Here are highlights for Warren from this past summer on the AAU curcuit.
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The 2024 recruiting class has the potential to be a program changing one for Rutgers men’s basketball. Pikiell and the coaching staff are making a serious play for two top ten recruits in the 2024 class, combo guard Dylan Harper and wing Airious “Ace” Bailey. They’re also in play for top 30 power forward Donnie Freeman and Top 75 wing Tyler Betsey. While Rutgers has been involved with many top 100 recruits over the last couple of years, they haven’t yet landed multiple 4-star recruits in the same class.
Landing a dynamic and highly rated point guard early in the recruiting cycle is a major positive for Rutgers. Having a player with Warren’s potential at such a key spot is a stabilizing move for the program’s future. In addition, he is a great selling point to Harper, Bailey, Freeman and Betsey with what could be accomplished at Rutgers. They are all great offensive playmakers who now know there is now a floor general in place to get them the ball if they choose to become Scarlet Knights.
How many spots that ultimately are available for the 2024 recruiting class remains to be seen. It will probably be between 3-5 prospects depending on pending moves on the roster in what is becoming clear is that Rutgers is positioning itself to land a group that could change the program forever. Having Warren in the mix already is a big lift for the staff. Ultimately, Rutgers hopes to sign a pivotal class for the future and landing the talented Warren is a great start.
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