Committed Over – Wing Jahlil Tripp chose Rutgers over Manhattan, Quinnipiac, Fairfield and Sienna. He received interest from St. John’s and Seton Hall before injury curbed his exposure during his junior season.
Rated – Tripp is unrated so far in the Scout 2016 rankings.
Scouting Report – Tripp brings what Rutgers needs on the wing – defense and versatility. The 6-foot-5 wing plays with a high motor, aggressively rebounds and matches up well against ones, twos and threes. He was a double-double performer in his final high school season against strong competition. Barring other commitments or roster changes, Tripp fits in as a backup wing to sophomore Jonathan Laurent.
Tripp needs time in a college system before he takes the next step. He missed time as a junior because of injuries and failed bid for added eligibility this season. Tripp can be successful within the flow of an offense but needs refinement as a scorer.
Recruiting Impact – Tripp helps create some buzz in New York circles and repairs some local positivity after Kwe Parker’s fall flip. Rutgers needs another wing in the class with targets like Maishe Dailey in the mix. The focus also shifts to the post. Where Rutgers stands in recruiting heading into April, it should be a best-available approach and not focused on any specific position. Assistant Van Macon led the charge on Tripp’s recruitment.
Quotable – "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." – New York Lincoln head coach Tiny Morton.
Final Thought – Rutgers needed something positive and a New York commitment from a strong high school background is a solid reboot to the 2016 recruiting class. Tripp works hard, embraces defense and plays for a high school coach that knows what it takes to be successful at the college level in New Jersey. It’s a decent start for Jordan’s late-signing period but the finish has to be even stronger.