College Rutgers Earns Commitment From Four-Star Power Forward Mamadou Doucoure by Gregg Snyder December 20, 2016 Mamadou Doucoure (Photo via HoopGroup.com) First year Rutgers men’s basketball head coach, Steve Pikiell has been spending lots of time recruiting as he has begun to turn the Scarlet Knights program around. On Tuesday, Pikiell landed his biggest recruit so far. 2018 4-star power forward Mamadou Doucoure of Our Savior New American (N.Y.) announced his verbal commitment to continue his basketball career at Rutgers. Doucoure is averaging around 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game for Our Savior New American so far this season. He has also starred on the AAU scene for the PSA Cardinals of the Nike EYBL circuit. In basketball, athleticism, size and effort cannot be taught. At 6’9″, 220 pounds, Doucoure has a large frame, is very athletic and has been a strong rebounder. He runs the floor extremely well for a big man and can finish strong in the paint. On the defensive end, Doucoure has become proficient at blocking shots. He is rated a 4-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, and 247 Sports, as well as 3-stars by Scout and Future 150. Once considered a St. John’s lean, Doucoure chose Rutgers over offers from Seton Hall, St. John’s, UConn, Providence and Pittsburgh, among others. Along with Pikiell, Rutgers assistant Brandin Knight played a role in swaying Doucoure to the Scarlet Knights. SNY’s Adam Zagoria spoke with Doucoure’s high school coach Eric Jaklitsch who was very clear about the role Knight played in his recruitment: “I have been doing this for 15-plus years and there has never been a better recruiting job than what Rutgers and coach [Brandin] Knight did with Duke. The kid is on Cloud Nine right now. He is so happy. And coach Knight deserves credit for that. He developed the trust. The kid believes Rutgers is a perfect home.” Rutgers is off to the program’s best start in over 40 years with an 11-1 record. The Scarlet Knights are clearly and quickly moving in the right direction. 247sports.com was the first to reporter the commitment by Doucoure. Post Views: 1,234 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Gregg Snyder Latest posts by Gregg Snyder (see all) ITZ Staff Makes Super Bowl LV Predictions. Which team wins? Who is MVP? - February 5, 2021 Jets And Nike Create New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League - February 3, 2021 NJ Sports Photographer, Lauren Guillen, Raising Funds For Local Youth Holiday Gifts - December 11, 2020 President Trump Awards Lou Holtz With Medal of Freedom - December 3, 2020 Related Topics247sportsBrandin KnightCollege BasketballMamadou DoucoureRutgersSteve Pikiell Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Passion For Sports Led Kelly Burke To Career As Broadcaster by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on November 16, 2020 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 XFL Co-Owner Dany Garcia Talks Business, Serving Others at espnW Women + Sports Summit by Candace Cordelia | posted on October 23, 2020 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 More in College You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video) On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Master P’s Son, Hercy, Commits to Tennessee State Master P’s son, Hercy Miller, is committing to Tennessee State to play basketball. While... EA Sports Plans to Revive College Football Video Game EA Sports announced that they plan on making college football video games again. The... UVM Women’s Basketball Team Quits 2020-2021 Season The University of Vermont (UVM) women’s basketball will be ending their 2020-2021 season early... NCAAB Betting: Is This Duke’s Year – Again? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for UConn?