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Rutgers Hoops Hosts 3-star F Makhtar Gueye on Official Visit

How did Rutgers stack up with other official visits for three-star forward Makhtar Gueye? Close to a decision, Gueye broke it down in a conversation with Scarlet Report.

Rutgers target Makhtar Gueye called Piscataway his best official visit so far. With plans to decide late this week, Gueye said Rutgers and coach Steve Pikiell climbed the ladder after a “great” visit.

Rutgers was awesome,” Gueye said. “I've been to other schools too but I've got something at Rutgers that I haven't seen at other places. I have a feeling there that hasn't been anywhere else.”

The 6-foot-8 power forward from the Winchendon (Mass.) School ranks as a three-star power forward and the No. 7 player at his position in the region.

Gueye wants to commit to a school “Thursday or Friday” with Rutgers as the final visit.

During a 48-hour visit, Gueye experienced the schools Midknight Madness as well as the Rutgers football loss to Michigan in front of the fourth-largest crowd in school history.

I like the school, the campus, how it's grouped,” he said. “I like the team. I watch them in practice and I see myself in the team. I like that, and also the coaches. I'm really comfortable with them.”

Gueye clicked instantly with freshman wing Issa Thiam. Like Thiam, Gueye originally hails from Sengal.

We're from the same country – the motherland,” Gueye said. “It would be good to have someone from my country if I were to go there. I'm really happy. That was the first time I've met him but we bonded.”

Thiam's victory Friday night in a three-point contest at the RAC was another highlight for Gueye.

We're both shooters, so we would make a really good team if we played together,” he said.

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