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Mamadou Doucoure enrolls at Rutgers | Why the star recruit is expected to play in 2017-18

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Rutgers’ 2018 men’s basketball recruiting class, ranked No. 12 nationally in the 247Sports composite ratings, is about to take a hit.

But this year’s Rutgers roster apparently is getting a lot better.

Mamadou Doucoure, a four-star power forward who committed in December 2016 for the Class of 2018, is enrolled at Rutgers, according to the university’s student database, and intends to play this season.

Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press broke the news of Doucoure’s enrollment Monday morning. Two Rutgers officials declined comment on the report because Doucoure isn’t officially on the roster, but it’s believed that the Our Savior New American (N.Y.) High School product still needs to be cleared by the NCAA in order to be eligible in 2017-18.

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Interestingly, Doucoure is scheduled to be on Rutgers’ campus for an official visit this weekend. It’s not known when the NCAA will make its ruling on his eligibility, but classes for the fall semester begin Sept. 6.

A 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward/center, Doucoure picked Rutgers over offers from Connecticut, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and St. John’s. He was rated by as the 26th best center in the class of 2018 and the seventh-best prospect in talent-rich New York.

Doucoure is expected to join an incoming class that includes Geo Baker, a 6-4 point guard out of Proctor Academy in New Hampshire, Myles Johnson, a 6-10 forward/center from Long Beach (Calif.) Tech, Souf Mensah, a point guard from Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College, and Peter Kiss, a shooting guard who transferred in from Quinnipiac University and will need to sit out in 2017-18 per NCAA transfer rules.

If eligible, Doucoure figures to compete for a starting spot in a Rutgers frontcourt that includes senior forwards Deshawn Freeman, Eugene Omoruyi, Candido Sa and center Shaquille Doorson.

Keith Sargeant may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @KSargeantNJ. Find Rutgers Football on Facebook.

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