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Ace Bailey, Dylan Harper named Naismith All-Americans

Rutgers basketball signees Ace Bailey and Dylan Harper were both recently named to the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Boys’ High School All America Team.

Bailey (McEachern High School; Powder Springs, Georgia) and Harper (Don Bosco Prep; Ramsey, New Jersey), are both five-star players and part of Rutgers basketball’s 2024 recruiting class. A 6-foot-9 forward, Bailey was recently named the No. 1 player in the USA TODAY High School Sports top 10 recruits in the nation.

After battling some injuries, Harper checked in at sixth on the list. He signed with Rutgers in early March.

Both Bailey and Harper are in their respective state playoffs. The duo are the highest-ranked individuals to ever commit to Rutgers:

 

Tahaad Pettifird, a senior guard from Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, New Jersey) was an honorable mention selection. He is an Auburn commit.

On the girls’ side, no Rutgers commits made the Naismith Trophy Girls’ All America Team.

Vanderbilt signee, Mikayla Blakes, a senior guard from Rutgers Prep (Somerset, New Jersey), was an honorable mention. Mia Pauldo, a junior guard at Morris Catholic (Denville, New Jersey), was also an honorable mention selection.

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Richwoods' Lathan Sommerville (24) disagrees with a foul call as the Knights battle Metamora in the first half of their Class 3A boys basketball sectional title game Friday, March 1, 2024 at Pontiac High School. The Knights upset the defending champion Redbirds 61-55.

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Richwoods' Lathan Sommerville, left, slam dunks past Metamora's Ashton Grieves in the first half of their Class 3A boys basketball sectional title game Friday, March 1, 2024 at Pontiac High School. The Knights upset the defending champion Redbirds 61-55.

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Rutgers basketball commit Lathan Sommerville.
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