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2019 Guard Paul Mulcahy Takes in Rutgers Win, Temple Visit Up Next (UPDATED)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Paul Mulcahy, the 6-foot-5 point guard from Gill St. Bernard’s, sat courtside Sunday when Rutgers stunned St. John’s, 80-78, in a charity exhibition game.
Rutgers is recruiting Mulcahy hard, and it probably didn’t hurt their cause that they knocked off a St. John’s team with NCAA Tournament aspirations.
“Yeah, that was good, I was happy for them,” he told me courtside. “It should be a big year for them. This is the recruiting class that they kind of picked, with Geo [Baker] and Myles [Johnson]. Bu it was exciting.”
Asked how hard Rutgers was recruiting him, Mulcahy said, “Pretty hard, I talk to them all the time. They could see me coming in and playing right away and helping them change the image of Rutgers basketball. It would be a big year for them, the 2019 class. They need a point guard. They don’t know if [junior] Corey [Sanders] is going to be here for much longer.”
Rutgers is also recruiting Class of 2019 star Bryan Antoine of the Ranney School, but will have stiff competition from the likes of Kentucky, Duke, Villanova, Seton Hall and even Harvard.
Asked if a win like this could help recruiting, Baker said, “Definitely, definitely. People always talk about how we don’t get a lot of local recruits. [We] probably lose a couple to St. John’s every now and then so seeing this will probably turn a couple heads.”
Added Mulcahy: “Yeah, you can see the environment even for an exhibition game. There was a lot of people here. Nobody in the student section. [The football] team won [Sunday].”
He is also visiting Temple this Friday.
“We’re working on Northwestern, so we’ll see about that,” he said.
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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.
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