On Wednesday, the Rutgers men's basketball team added a 6-foot-3 point guard to its group of signees. Jalen Miller had previously verbally committed to playing ball with the Scarlet Knights in August after averaging 15 points, 10 assists and 5.5 rebounds his junior season.
“Rutgers nation is going to love Jalen Miller,” said head men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell. “He is a tough and athletic, two-way point guard who comes to us from a terrific program.”
Miller was ranked third in Maryland by Prep Hoops and is ranked 42nd in national point guard rankings, according to 247 Sports.
“He can get to the rim, he is an exceptional defender and most importantly, he’s an exceptional student and a young man that will represent the Scarlet Knights the right way. He possesses all the tools we want in a Rutgers basketball player. We’re really excited to have him join us,” Pikiell said.
In a blog post in August, Miller said his verbal commitment was a weight off of his shoulders.
“Overall, the most important thing for me and my family during this recruitment was my progression as a player. I feel like ever since I started playing in the third grade I’ve gone to places where I can develop as a player and as a student of the game. Rutgers is that place for me,” Miller said.
He chose Rutgers over 17 other schools.
Dan Prete, Miller’s head coach at Bishop Walsh, said the point guard is “a true point, in that he is a run the team first guard. He is extremely vocal on the court. His competitive spirit drives him to win. I'm very excited that he will be part of the Rutgers family.”
Miller was the second written commitment for the Knights yesterday. He joins 6-foot-7 small forward Jaden Jones in the 2021 recruiting cycle.
“We are so excited to welcome Jaden Jones into our Rutgers family,” Pikiell said. “Jaden is a multi-position, versatile player that is a talented scorer who can really shoot the basketball and score at all three levels. He has great work ethic, and he continues to improve. He is (an) exceptional young man that comes from a great family and is a great student. He brings the whole package to Piscataway.”
Rutgers' 2021 recruiting class ranks ninth in the conference. The program will look to build on the success it had last year in order to keep attracting top recruits to the Banks.
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