A 90-47 season opener win against North Hunterdon isn’t a major criteria test yet, but Rutgers Prep could have the makings for a major season.
Notable eyes are on the Rutgers Prep boys basketball program this season, coming in ranked top-ten on NJ.com’s Preseason Top 20.
Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell was in the gym for the Rutgers Prep season opener at home in Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday night.
The Scarlet Knights are on the trail of junior forward Trey Patterson, who also has interest from the likes of Villanova, Florida, UConn, and others.
Patterson didn’t have to stand out much for his team to thrive in this particular game. Those moments will make themselves known down the road this season. He still made out with 20 points and eight rebounds. Overall their dominance put on display the all-around versatility of the Rutgers Prep arsenal.
This includes junior point guard Noah Harris, arguably one of the best shooters in the state. Harris finished with 21 points (including six threes) and 10 assists. Sophomore wing and rising standout Otega Oweh added 19 points with five rebounds and five steals. Sacred Heart bound Nico Galette rounded things out with 16 points and eight rebounds along with six assists.
Having four double-digit scoring threats makes any team dangerous. This team’s key advantage against most teams should come from the range of its three wing-forwards in Patterson, Oweh, and Galette with Harris keeping things honest from outside. Depth could become an issue, but their key players have size, shooting, and enough experience to win them some big games.
If they can establish their consistent flow on offense, this can be a statement season for the Rutgers Prep program, with continued potential for the near future as Nico Galette will be the only one graduating in 2020 out of their core group.
Next for Rutgers Prep is the Hoop Group New Jersey Tip-Off against Seton Hall Prep on Saturday.