Commitment Impact: Wing Jonathan Laurent

Scout takes a look back at Rutgers' most recent basketball commitment and where Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips wing Jonathan Laurent fits into Eddie Jordan's 2015 recruiting class.

Committed Over -- Jonathan Laurent Chose Rutgers over early offers that included Georgia Tech, Georgia, UCF and Western Kentucky.


Rated -- Scout does not have a rating for Laurent among its 2015 prospects.


Scouting Report -- Pushing 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds, Laurent is the kind of wing that fits the active Rutgers system. The ideal Rutgers wing plays physical defense and runs the court. Laurent does both well, and showed as a senior that he can defend at the one, two or three when necessary.

Laurent has multiple strong points as a college athlete, but needs to develop a stronger offensive skillset with his outside game. Laurent has the potential to be a versatile wing with a soft touch and the unselfishness necessary to pass up contested shots for a better look elsewhere. He can be a glue guy defensively with good strength and versatility Laurent rebounds well for his size. Offensively, he is a slasher that has to refine his game with the ball in his hands. All in all, Laurent projects as an instant upgrade when it comes to Rutgers wing departures.


Recruiting Impact -- Laurent’s addition helps coach Eddie Jordan significantly after he said goodbye to wings Junior Etou, Kerwin Okoro and Malick Kone during the offseason. As the fourth in what could be as large as a six-person 2015 class, Laurent can fill in at the two or three for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights still need more bodies at both levels, and recently saw guard Charles Minlend Jr. come off the board after reclassifying. The Scarlet Knights remain aggressive for both wing DeShawn Freeman and guard Malik Ellison with work to do. The coaching staff is back on the road, and need to find late impact players.


Quotable -- “Going there knowing that I'll be close with people feels good. I made good friends up there. Some of the people at the school were great. Going in with people from Florida feels good, knowing people from my area like Rutgers too.”


Final Thought -- Laurent is a good addition for Rutgers at a position of need, but the four-person class is not enough for Jordan after the departures of stars Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack. Laurent defends multiple positions, and both Corey Sanders and Justin Goode bring scoring ability. This class needs a strong finish heading into the late signing period.


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