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Mamadou Doucoure, the 6-foot-9 big man from Mali and Our Savior New American High School, will reclass to 2017 from 2018 and enroll at Rutgers for this season, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
Rutgers plans to move forward with the reclass “unless the [NCAA] Eligibility Center tells them something different,” the source said.
Said Our Savior assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch: “He just needs to continue developing his offensive game and one of the reasons he chose Rutgers is because all those guys on staff have developed big guys on all different levels, all different schools. It’s a great conference for him, extremely physical conference, and that fits his game and his body type.”
For the season, Doucoure averaged 11 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, while shooting 67 percent from the field. He’s had five games with 15 or more rebounds.
“If you’re tough, you gotta go to the big conference to make name for yourself,” he said. “That’s why I choose Rutgers, to go there and make some name for myself.”
Doucoure joins a 2017 Rutgers class that includes combo guard Geo Baker, big man Myles Johnson and junior college point guard Souf Mensah as well as Quinnipiac transfer Peter Kiss, who sill sit out the 2017-18 season.
Rutgers has a full complement of 13 players on scholarship.
The Scarlet Knights also have the No. 10 recruiting class in 2018 per 247Sports.com with guards Montez Mathis, Mac McClung and Ron Harper Jr.Photo: Mustafa Hooten/D1MediaPro.comFollow Adam Zagoria on TwitterAnd like ZAGS on Facebook
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.