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2019 basketball target Paul Mulcahy commits to Rutgers

This wasn’t a huge surprise.


Rutgers basketball has beaten Northwestern...again.

This time, the victory came off the court in the form of recruit Paul Mulcahy, who committed to the nearby Scarlet Knights and coach Steve Pikiell Wednesday afternoon.

Mulcahy, a 6-foot-4 small forward from Gladstone, New Jersey, fielded offers from Northwestern, Connecticut, Florida, Seton Hall and Xavier, among others. The NU coaching staff met with him at an in-home visit last month.

Mulcahy is a versatile playmaker who averaged 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game last season for Gill St. Bernard School. He’s struggled at times with his outside shooting, and does not project as a plus-defender, but his ability to create off the dribble and make plays for his teammates makes him an appealing prospect, especially at his height.

Mulcahy is rated as the No. 171 player in the class by 247 and the No. 138 player by Rivals. Both outlets have him as a three-star, but ESPN has him as a four-star.

It’s still early as far as the 2019 class goes, so there’s no reason to worry about Collins having secured no commitments yet. Still, it’s not ideal to lose a recruiting battle to perennially lowly (yet up-and-coming) Rutgers, even though a bunch of other good programs were in the same boat on this one.