These prospects plan to visit Rutgers basketball once NCAA dead period is lifted in June

For the first time in over a year, the Rutgers men’s basketball program will welcome

For the first time in over a year, the Rutgers men’s basketball program will welcome recruits on campus for in-person visits this week.

The current dead period, which began in March of 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will be lifted on Tuesday, June 1, allowing for official and unofficial visits to take place for a little over a month.

The Scarlet Knights are wasting no time in bringing prospects in.

Class of 2022 power forward and Dumont native Dominick Barlow will visit Piscataway unofficially on Tuesday, according to NJ Advance Media contributor Adam Zagoria.

The following weekend, Rutgers will welcome California native Ben Shtolzberg, a 2022 point guard prospect, on an official visit, he told NJ Advance Media.

The Scarlet Knights offered Shtolzberg in mid-April and his recruitment has blown up since, earning offers from Big East programs Creighton and Xavier in the past week. Along with Rutgers, Shtolzberg has official visits to Creighton and Northwestern booked in the next month, he told Stockrisers’ Jake Weingarten.

Shtolzberg said he speaks to the Scarlet Knights’ staff regularly and is building a strong relationship with head coach Steve Pikiell.

“I think as a point guard, the relationship between the coach and player needs to go past the ball, so we’ve having about my fit as a player, leader, and person,” Shtolzberg said. “That’s definitely something that important to me. Can’t wait to meet (the coaching staff) in person and get a better feel for the team and the campus.”

Class of 2022 guard Chas Kelley plans to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers “some time between June 8th-11th,” he told NJ Advance Media.

The Scarlet Knights are also slated to welcome 2022 guard Dasonte Bowen, who told 247Sports’ Dushawn London he plans to take an official visit to Rutgers in June. Rutgers will also receive an unofficial visit in June from 2023 forward Isaiah Miranda, per 247Sports’ Matt Agnoli.

Rutgers can host on-campus visitors throughout the quiet period, which begins on Tuesday, June 1 and runs through July 5. It will be followed by a dead period that runs through July 26.

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