Analysis: Rutgers Men's Basketball Adds Two Solid Big Men in Recruiting Class

Kristian Dyer

The early signing period has yielded two potential players who can step in and contribute for Rutgers men’s basketball. The two big men should be able to help Rutgers needs with much-needed size. 

Last week, the paperwork came in for forwards Oskar Palmquist and Dean Reiber. Both players would be considered under-the-radar but both have the potential to earn playing time and get into the rotation at Rutgers. 

Palmer and Reiber, who are consensus three-star recruits on recruiting websites 247Sports and Rivals, are solid gets for Rutgers. Both project to be multi-year impact players who should be able to make an impact at a program that is on the upswing. 

Recruiting expert Leigh Klein, who has contributed to outlets such as SLAM and 247Sports.com as well as being host of the nationally syndicated ‘That Bracket Show’ on SB Nation Radio, weighed in on the addition of Palmquist and Reiber to the Scarlet Knights. 

Oskar Palmquist (6-foot-8-inches; Central Pointe Christian, Orlando, FL) 

Other Offers: Western Kentucky 

Klein’s Take: 

“Palmquist showcased his extended range by draining three-pointers throughout the FIBA U20 World Championships.  A knockdown shooter who will stretch the floor but is also a capable driver and an astute and willing passer.  With the new three-point mark mirroring the FIBA line, Palmquist brings a comfort-level scoring at that distance to his new home in New Brunswick.  At times he will remind the Scarlet Knight faithful of Luka Doncic.” 

Dean Reiber: (6-foot-9-inches; Northwest Guilford, Greensboro, NC) 

Other Offers: Penn State, Rice, Liberty, Old Dominion, Manhattan, Ohio, James Madison 

Klein’s Take:  

“Reiber, who starred for Team Loaded (NC) in AAU and Northwest Guilford High School in North Carolina has really come on as a prospect. Reiber can use both hands finishing in the post, has a nice face-up game with the ability to drive-by defenders and shoot confidently 18 feet and in.  He is a good shot-blocker, runs the floor well and will bring versatility to the Rutgers front-court.”