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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Oskar Palmquist to Rutgers

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Oskar Palmquist, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound left-handed forward from Sweden and Central Point Christian Academy (FL), has committed to Rutgers for the Class of 2020.

    Western Kentucky was also involved and Palmquist visited there last week before tripping to Rutgers this past weekend.

    “I chose Rutgers because I feel like I fit in perfectly in their system and connected great with the coaching staff,” he said by text. “I will bring toughness, good decision-making and shooting.”

    Palmquist is Rutgers’ second 2020 commit following power forward Dean Reiber of North Carolina.

    “Oskar is a versatile threat at 6-8,” said Central Point assistant Jeff Metzger. “With him being left-handed, being able to stretch out defenses with consistent 3-point shooting and also guarding multiple positions at the other end, it is a very intriguing pickup for them.

    “He’s got a guard’s skill set, which at his size makes him a tough matchup in college basketball. He’s a worker and loves the grind of getting better every day.

    “He’s a crafty finisher around the rim and really knows the game. He’s active defensively and has great awareness on the court.”

    Said head coach Brad Traina: “Oskar is a 6’8 3/4 with a great feel for the game and he’s a solid athlete with good handles and a good shooter. Oskar is a tough competitor and just seems to always make the right decisions. He doesn’t force the issue and let’s the game come to him.”

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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. 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.