NCAA Basketball: Rutgers Prep prospects Trey Patterson, Noah Harris garnering interest

Several NCAA Basketball head coaches and assistants were in Somerset (NJ) recently to get an early glimpse of 2021 Rutgers Prep prospects Trey Patterson, Noah Harris, Otega Oweha, and Nico Galette.

Maryland‘s Mark Turgeon and Rutgers’ Steve Pikeill were among the NCAA Basketball head coaches in attendance at Rutgers Prep’s open gym to take a look at top 2021 recruit Trey Patterson as well as a few other potential targets on Sept. 18, per Prep Circuit’s Pat Lawless.  Lawless also said that Lehigh head coach Brett Reed and Sacred Heart head coach Anthony Latina along with assistants from Tennessee, Notre Dame, Auburn, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Farleigh Dickinson also took in the event.

Patterson is the gem of the group as he is a consensus four-star prospect who is ranked among the top 50 players in the class of 2021. He is ranked as the No. 34 recruit by 247Sports Composite, No. 42 by 247Sports and No. 44 by ESPN. Meanwhile, Rivals has him slated at No.26 in the rankings.

The 6-8 combo forward has an athletic build but still needs to work on his explosiveness. Patterson possesses good body control and is a good shooter overall, although he is at his best attacking the rim or working in the mid-range.  The Somerset (NJ) native also needs to improve his ball-handling, passing, and defense.

Patterson has drawn a lot of attention this summer as he has picked up 12 of his 22 offers since June. Texas Tech is the last program to make an offer which occurred on August 25. Stanford, Iowa, Washington, Indiana, Miami, Georgia, Villanova, NC State, and UConn have made overtures as well. Rutgers have been pursuing him for over two years while Tennessee and Maryland have been “in on him” for more than a year. Auburn offered Patterson in December. None of those four teams have received a commitment from anyone in the class of 2021.

Noah Harris picked up an offer from Lehigh after impressing at the event. He now holds 15 scholarships with the majority coming from low-major programs though he does have overtures from Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, and La Salle.

Harris is an excellent shooter who can fill it up when he gets hot. The 6-0 point guard is a strong ball-handler, good passer, and possesses very good vision. He has shown the ability to slash to the bucket and can score on all three levels.

Otega Oweha is a rising sophomore and unranked in the class of 2022. Oweha, who is a 6-3 combo guard, has three offers all from Ivy League schools– Columbia, Penn, and Brown. Nicolas  Galette is a 6-6 senior wing who holds two offers from Sacred Heart and Wagner.