Monday was a hugely important day for the Rutgers men’s basketball program, as point guard of the future, Paul Mulcahy, signed his national letter of intent, making him officially a Scarlet Knight. Mulcahy is rated a 3-star and 4-star prospect, depending on the recruiting service, is a consensus Top 150 recruit and is the 7th ranked player in what is an absolutely loaded 2019 class in New Jersey. He held a ceremony at his high school, Gill St. Bernard’s.
Greetings from Gill St. Bernard’s. Paul Mulcahy is officially a member of Rutgers basketball as he signs his NLI. pic.twitter.com/bd4jtQT3zX— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) November 19, 2018
Mulcahy averaged 17.8 points, 8.2 rebounds , and 6.7 assists per game as a junior last season, earning First Team All-State honors. He was also recently named the MVP of the 2018 Fall Showcase run by the Hoop Group. He beat out all of the top prospects in the Garden state for that honor, which we covered here. His playmaking ability, court vision, passing skills, and leadership make him an exciting high major prospect.
Quote from the Rutgers press release:
“I’m very excited about Paul,” head coach Steve Pikiell said. “He’s a 6-6 pass first point guard. I think he is one of the best passers in the country. He’s a winner, from a winning program. He is a great student that comes from a great family. He’s a terrific basketball talent. He plays the game the right way. People are going to love his tenacity and his toughness. We are so excited to have him join our Rutgers family and watch him make all kinds of highlights at The RAC.”
”He’s a very talented kid,” Gill St. Bernard’s head coach Mergin Sina said. “He has a very high basketball IQ, one of the best, if not the best, of anyone I’ve ever coached. He’s simply a winner, he’s all about wins for the team. He can play multiple positions, especially comfortable at point guard. With his size, I think he can help Rutgers out tremendously.”
”Coach Pikiell and his staff have recruited him and they understand who Paul Mulcahy is and what they are getting,” Sina continued. “He’s going to help their ball movement and get guys involved in the offense. The guys around him love to play with him. His ability to pass the ball is off the charts, and at his size, that will really help at the next level.”
Mulcahy was targeted by head coach Steve Pikiell since he arrived in the spring of 2016 and was made the top priority for the 2019 class. The hard work of the coaching staff paid off, surprising most by gaining his verbal commitment back in May, followed by Mulcahy making it official during the early signing period on Monday. He had scholarship offers from Xavier, Northwestern, UConn, Seton Hall and several more, per 247 Sports.
Pikiell has searched for a true point guard to lead the program forward since he took over and has finally landed him in Mulcahy. He has the size (6’6”), skill, and versatility to create matchup problems for opponents and his ability to penetrate and run an up tempo offense will be a huge addition for Rutgers next season. Adding Mulcahy will allow Geo Baker to play more off the ball, which he is better suited to do, and give the Rutgers offense a weapon that can get the basketball to players in the right spot on the floor against any defense. Mulcahy also brings a team first, unselfish attitude and wants to represent Rutgers and New Jersey in a big way as the program continues to rebuild under Pikiell, with the ultimate goal of breaking an almost three decade drought of making the NCAA Tournament. With Mulcahy now in the fold, Pikiell continues to make the roster a deeper and more talented one. While this current season is a work in progress with a young and inexperienced group, Rutgers has a chance to take a major step forward next season with Paul Mulcahy at point guard.
Note: Rutgers has one more scholarship available for the 2019 class.