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Rutgers basketball set to host two Top 100 recruits in 2025 class



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It’s going to be an important recruiting weekend for Rutgers men’s basketball. 247 High School Sports previously reported that 4-star wing Jaylen Harrell was planning to visit this coming weekend. At the same time, Andrew Slater reported that 4-star wing Brandon Stores Jr. was also set to visit. The Scarlet Faithful has confirmed that both Top 100 prospects are still confirmed to visit the program this weekend.

Harrell is the No. 76 overall prospect in the 2025 class per 247 Sports composite rankings. The Braintree, Massachusetts native is the top ranked recruit in the state and no. 18 wing in the country. He plays for Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. Harrell is teammates with fellow Rutgers target Nigel James, who visited the program in June.

During the Peach Jam in the E16 division, Harrell led Expressions Elite with 20.0 points per game through four contests. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in a team high 30.8 minutes per game. Harrell shot 53.3% from two-point range (16-30), 27.3% from three-point range (9-33), and 91.3% from the foul line (21-23).

The 6’5″ Harrell can shoot, is a physically strong player as well as a willingly defender and rebounder. He has a soft shooting touch, uses his body well and finishes with contact while being able to create his own shot off the dribble. He fits the Steve Pikiell mold who is a two-way player with a high motor and can defend multiple positions.

Stores Jr. is a  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. 86 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.

He 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.

I discuss the importance of these visits, the big recruiting weekend being planned for Homecoming with the class of 2024 reported on by The Knight Report, other top recruits in the process of visiting this fall and more on Rutgers basketball recruiting.

Listen and watch to this episode below.



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  1. pj43

    September 15, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the great summation of basketball recruiting and where it stands presently. I guess I’m not as exercised as many seem to be over Harper. There’s every reason to believe Rutgers makes the most sense for him. After the whirlwind summer that he’s been through it makes sense that he takes time to decompress. I’m guessing that any more official visits may be to confirm a decision he’s already made. My thought is that he commits before he begins the high school season. Football homecoming weekend would be an ideal time to do it.

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