Latest on Rutgers Commit Issa Thiam

Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day coach Shaun Wiseman spoke with Scarlet Report about the latest with 6-foot-9 forward Issa Thiam and his commitment status with Rutgers basketball.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day forward Issa Thiam considered a de-commitment after the coaching change at Rutgers, but plans to hold firm in his pledge to the Scarlet Knights.

Thiam explored other options after the transition to coach Steve Pikiell. Over the weekend, however, he signed his National Letter of Intent for Rutgers basketball, said Arlington Country Day coach Shaun Wiseman.

"Yes he signed over the weekend," Wiseman said. "I think [Rutgers] should have it or have it soon."

Thiam never officially de-committed from Rutgers, and the retention of assistant Greg Vetrone to a new position solidified his decision.

"With coach Vetrone staying, they were able to keep a commitment because if not, he would have been one of the most highly-recruited guys down here," Wiseman said. "They're getting a 6-foot-9, athletic kid with huge upside. He has length and the skill set and ability to make shots."

Pikiell adds Thiam alongside junior college weapon Candido Sa to bolster the post for Rutgers.

"He can play right away," Wiseman said. "He's a top seven or eight guy his first year. You've got to remember that he's still six months away from basketball season. He can get stronger and add weight to his frame. It's going to get him on the floor and he can guard three positions. ... He's a great kid. He does everything I asked. I don't like headaches, and he isn't one."

Wiseman, who also coached Corey Sanders, sees potential at Rutgers under Pikiell's leadership.

"Coach Pikiell seems like a great guy," Wiseman said. "He has a plan. He's going to do well, and he had success at Stony Brook. He can come in and take some time and with Corey coming back and a good recruiting class coming in, it's good."


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