This past weekend, the Hoop Group held their annual Fall Showcase in Neptune, New Jersey for local high school teams as a tune-up before the scholastic season begins in late November. The 2019 senior class in the garden state is absolutely loaded and most big name players and schools were competing in this event. One exciting piece of news for Rutgers basketball fans is that current commit and point guard of the future, Paul Mulcahy, had a huge performance overall in the Fall Showcase.
In fact, Mulcahy, playing for his high school team, Gill St. Bernard’s, was named MVP of the event. He beat out a who’s who of elite prospects in the 2019 class for the honor.
Joining Mulcahy on the Fall Showcase First Team were the following A-list recruits:
Kahlil Whitney; 5-star recruit & ranked 7th in 2019 class; committed to Kentucky.
Scottie Lewis; 5-star recruit & ranked 11th in 2019 class; committed to Florida.
Daishen Nix; 4-star recruit & ranked 74th in 2019 class; top offers include Kansas, Arizona, Gonzaga, and Maryland.
Zach Freemantle; 4-star recruit & ranked 101st in 2019 class; committed to Xavier.
Seth Lundy; 4-star recruit & ranked 113th in 2019 class; committed to Penn State.
C.J. Wilcher; 4-star recruit & ranked 121st in 2019 class; top offers include St. John’s & Minnesota.
Also playing in the event was Lewis’s teammate at the Ranney School, 5-star recruit and ranked #12th in the 2019 class, Villanova commit Bryan Antoine.
Mulcahy has received plenty of attention in his scholastic career as well, but is rated behind all of those prospects mentioned. He is listed as a 3-star recruit and is 146th in the 2019 class. All the information cited regarding the 2019 class is from the 247 Sports composite rankings.
Here is what recruiting analyst from the Phenom Report, Chick Gillespie, had to say about Mulcahy’s play at the event.
At Hoop Group HS Showcase Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy of Gill St. Bernards was very efficient getting the ball to his teammates with crisp feeds, handling pressure and delivering daggers whether driving to the cup or knocking down jump shots in his teams two wins.— chick gillespie (@chickg3) October 22, 2018
The head of the New England Recruiting Report quantified where Mulcahy stands perception wise entering his senior season and its certainly some high praise.
Hoop Group HS Showcase is over and New Jersey was very well represented/We learned who the top four 2019 players R but the order is still very much in doubt/They R Scotty Lewis & Bryan Antoine of Ranney School, Paul Mulcahy of Gill St Bernard's & Khalil Whitney of Roselle Cath.— Steve Keller (@SteveKellerNRR) October 22, 2018
Check out highlights of Mulcahy in action. He showcased his full range of skills, including his ability to attack the basket in traffic, his court vision and passing, as well as his ability to knock down three-point shots. Pay attention at the 41 second mark, as Mulcahy goes head to head with recent Penn State commit Seth Lundy. I won’t spoil it other than to say you’ll like what you see.
Lastly, if there wasn’t enough reason to be excited about Mulcahy on the court after last weekend’s performance, check out this interview with Pat Lawless from the Fall Showcase. His maturity and poise is evident, as is his team first attitude. Rutgers fans should be foaming at the mouth for Mulcahy to arrive on campus next summer. Good luck to him as he readies for his senior season at Gill St. Bernards.