The Rutgers men’s basketball team landed 2024 four-star guard Dellquan Warren on Friday. Warren is the first player of the highly anticipated 2024 recruiting class to announce his commitment to the Scarlet Knights (10-4, 2-1).
Warren was in Piscataway on Thursday to compete in “The Battle in New Jersey”, a high school basketball showcase that was played at Jersey Mike's Arena on Livingston Campus. The showcase featured a plethora of talented high school players including Rutgers 2023 signee, Gavin Griffiths. After competing, Warren announced his commitment on Friday via Facebook whilst being in attendance for the Knights' 90-57 victory over Coppin State.
Warren is currently in his junior year at Keystone Athletic Academy in Erie, Pennsylvania. He has garnered a four-star rating from numerous major recruiting platforms. Warren currently ranks 103rd nationally for the 2024 class on the 247Sports composite rankings, 91st on Rivals and 50th on On3.
Warren reportedly received scholarship offers from nine other schools prior to committing to Rutgers. Among these schools were some top-notch programs such as No.7 Alabama, No.24 Ohio State, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
Warren is a 6-foot-1 point guard weighing 160 pounds. He plays at a fast tempo and gets up and down the court with speed and intensity. Warren is an explosive dunker and has demonstrated his ability to fly down the lane and finish dunks with authority. A huge display of his dunking prowess came this past summer when Warren matched up against four-star Bronny James and delivered a highlight-reel slam.
Another aspect of Warren’s game that stands out is his defense.
“I can pick anyone up 94 feet,” said Warren.
Warren can guard just about anyone who is put in front of him and plays every defensive possession with full effort and intensity. The defense often translates to the offense as Warren commonly forces loose balls and gets steals which lead to fast breaks.
Warren should fit right in with the Knights and head coach Steve Pikiell. Rutgers currently boasts a top-five scoring defense in the NCAA and a top-three rated defense according to KenPom. With the addition of Warren, the Knights look to be emphasizing their strong defensive identity as a key to their future success.
Warren’s size and playstyle line up similarly with the likes of freshman guard Derek Simpson and class of 2023 commit Jamichael Davis. The three of them look to effectively run the backcourt together in the coming years.
The 2024 class is a crucial and much anticipated class for Rutgers. As Warren gets the ball rolling, the Knights hope that fellow 2024 recruits such as five-star Dylan Harper, five-star Airious Bailey and four-star Donnie Freeman follow his lead.
"They [Rutgers] have a great plan for me," said Warren. "They want the ball in my hands the first year coming in and they're basically handing me the keys to the car and just telling me I have to know how to drive it."
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