A lost appeal for New York Lincoln 2016 guard Jahlil Tripp quickly became a victory for the 6-foot-5 athlete when he verbally committed to Rutgers Saturday night after a game.
Tripp appealed for an extra year of high-school eligibility and lost his appeal but a strong recruiting pitch to Rutgers has Tripp Big Ten bound. The final result was best for everyone in the eyes of his head coach.
"I told his mother that it was more important for him to find a college than worry about playing his last year of high school," said Lincoln coach Tiny Morton. "I’m more happy with that than anything."
Tripp brings an aggressive defensive approach and versatility on the court.
"He’s an all-around player," said Morton, who recently worked as an assistant coach at Seton Hall. "Defensively, he can probably play the one through the three. On offense, he can help run the flow or move to the wing spot and make plays. He got hurt by not playing his junior season but I definitely have been watching him the last two or three years and knew he had the potential to be a big-time player but he didn’t showcase it as much because of his injury."
The Lincoln senior plans to finish his academic responsibilities this spring before he signs and enrolls in the early summer in Piscataway. He chose Rutgers over Manhattan and received interest from Seton Hall and St. John's before his injury.
"He’s one of those kids from Brooklyn that really is down to earth, quiet, more balanced type of kid," Morton said. "He’s one of those kids that is quiet off the court but gets really loud on the court in terms of his game. ...I think both parties benefit with [the commitment]. I think that Jahlil can come in and be an all-purpose player for four years and brings some grit back to Rutgers in terms of defense and hard-nosed basketball."
Tripp is the lone member of coach Eddie Jordan's 2016 class after Kwe Parker flipped before the early signing period. Rutgers remains aggressive on the trail and hosted Maishe Dailey this weekend on an official visit.