The No. 2 men’s basketball prospect in the nation announced on Wednesday that he would be heading to New Brunswick next year to play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Dylan Harper, a guard out of Don Bosco Prep, has decided to stay local as he begins his college career next fall.
Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep guard Dylan Harper — the No. 2 prospect in the ESPN Class of 2024 — is committing to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, he tells ESPN. Harper is making public that decision at the @Fanatics offices in New York shortly. pic.twitter.com/lJxtxmcFtQ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 6, 2023
This is the second top-five prospect from ESPN’s rankings that Rutgers has picked up. Forward Airious Bailey, the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2024, committed to the Scarlet Knights in November.
Don Bosco has produced numerous professional athletes spanning multiple sports, though most of their notable alumni gained their fame in the NFL. However, the Harper family has already carved their name into the history books at the high school — and at Rutgers, as well.
Dylan is the younger brother of Ron Harper, Jr, who played for Rutgers between 2018 and 2022 and earned an honorable mention All-American designation in his fourth and final year with the Scarlet Knights. Both players are the sons of Ron Harper, Sr, who spent 15 years in the NBA and won five championships in his tenure.
Rutgers is 5-2 to start the 2023-24 season. The program has undergone a major turnaround in the last few seasons under head coach Steve Pikiell. The Scarlet Knights reached the NCAA Tournament in both 2021 and 2022.
Before the 2021 postseason berth, it had been a full two decades since Rutgers had qualified for March Madness. With a Sweet 16 appearance still just out of reach, the Knights have plenty left to achieve in the coming seasons.