The Rutgers men’s basketball team has landed class of 2024 four-star forward Bryce Dortch. Dortch announced his commitment to the Scarlet Knights this afternoon via a live broadcast on the 247Sports YouTube channel.
"It was a fun day," Dortch said. "They did a really good job of not doing too much and being able to show us around ... (Head coach Steve Pikiell) has a great relationship with my parents as well after this weekend."
Dortch is a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Brimmer and May High School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He currently holds a three-star rating from 247Sports, a three-star rating from On3 and a four-star rating from Rivals.
Prior to committing to Rutgers, Dortch had received numerous offers from other schools, including Marquette, Providence, Xavier and Seton Hall. His final decision, though, ended up being between the Knights, Temple and Virginia Tech.
Dortch had high praise for Rutgers all throughout his recruiting process.
"Rutgers, as a program, likes to win. They can develop their players very well," he said. "I just like their program."
Dortch is a lengthy wing that can have a huge impact on both ends of the floor. He is a very athletic player, which allows him to be versatile as a defender. A good player comparison for Dortch is rising senior forward Mawot Mag's strong defensive instincts with an ability to grow on the offensive end.
Listed as a power forward, Dortch should pair well in the frontcourt with Sommerville come 2024, while also being able to play some small forward if Bailey wants to play power forward.
Dortch also mentioned the excitement Pikiell and the rest of the coaching staff have for his defensive ability.
"(Pikiell) wants me as a two-way wing who they emphasize on defense," Dortch said. "He really likes my length and emphasized that as a big strength of mine along with my upside."
With commitments from Bailey, Sommerville and now Dortch, as well as the potential commitment of five-star combo guard Dylan Harper, Pikiell’s 2024 class is shaping up to be a program-defining class.
"They are getting a kid that just loves basketball, loves to work," Dortch said. "Always gonna have a smile on his face, talk to everyone. Just a kid that wants to compete and is ready to just win."
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