As Steve Pikiell continues his attempt at rebuilding Rutgers, he will need to land a few talented local recruits in the process. He did just that tonight.
Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St Bernard’s three-star prospect Paul Mulcahy announced his commitment to Rutgers moments ago. The 6-foot-5 Mulcahy was Rutgers’ top point guard target.
A native of Bayonne, N.J., Mulcahy picked the Scarlet Knights over offers from Florida, Northwestern, UConn, Boston College, Xavier, Georgia Tech and others.
He announced the news on Twitter.
The Road Less Traveled – I’m honored to announce the next step in my journey.
— Paul Mulcahy (@paulmulcahy_3) May 16, 2018
Mulcahy is the No. 7 player in New Jersey in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
While many consider Mulcahy a wing, he’s a natural point guard despite his height. Mulcahy is known as a facilitator, blessed with a high basketball IQ, excellent passing ability and intangibles.
He averaged 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game as a junior for Gill St. Bernard’s, one of the top teams in New Jersey.
Mulcahy won’t arrive at Rutgers until 2019, but when he does, it is assumed he will step into the role of point guard for the Scarlet Knights. By that point, Rutgers will have a slew of shooting or combo guards at its disposal, including Geo Baker, who had an impressive freshman season in the Big Ten, Quinnipiac transfer Peter Kiss, four-star recruit Montez Mathis and former four-star prospect and Texas transfer Jacob Young.
Rutgers went 15-19 overall in 2017-18, Pikiell’s second season as head coach. It was the Knights’ fourth-straight finish in the Big Ten basement in the regular season, but the team surprised with a pair of conference tournament wins over Minnesota and Indiana.