Commitment Impact: Shaquille Doorson

Commitment Impact: Shaquille Doorson

Rutgers signed center Shaquille Doorson earlier this week after a June flip from Pittsburgh. What is Rutgers getting in its final 2014 addition to the basketball class? ScarletReport.com examines the impact of Doorson's commitment.

Committed Over -- Shaquille Doorson committed to Rutgers after de-committing and being released from his LOI with Pittsburgh.

Rated -- Doorson was a two-star prospect in the final Scout.com 2014 recruit rankings.

Scouting Report -- Size like Doorson’s cannot be taught, and that is what stands out first on film. Doorson plays big, but has a lot of refinement to do in the post. Doorson does not present the stereotypical skill set of a European big man and, instead, plays with strength and aggressiveness. Doorson has court awareness, and will be important in Eddie Jordan’s offense when it comes to passing out of the post.

Doorson is a strong rebounder, and will be an immediate improvement for Rutgers in the post defensively. Defensively, Doorson needs to improve his footwork and be able to step outside of the post to contest shots. Offensive will be a work in progress, but fans will certainly enjoy the powerful finishing style of Doorson when open for dunks.

Recruiting Impact -- Doorson’s commitment is notable in two ways. First, it shows that new assistants Mike O’Koren and Greg Vetrone are able to build relationships. Doorson is the first commitment to sign since the coaching changes at the end of June.

Secondly, Doorson’s commitment allows Rutgers to focus elsewhere in the class of 2015. Rutgers has two true centers in Doorson and Ibrahima Diallo signed in 2014. The 2015 focus now goes to guard and power forward with Austin Burnette as the lone commitment.

Quotable -- “We are extremely happy to welcome Shaquille into the program,” Jordan said. “He is a very bright young man who communicates well and has a drive to succeed. He complements his size with impressive agility, which enables him to run the floor and share the ball well. He is also a very gifted rebounder and will certainly be a defensive presence.”

Final Thought -- Rutgers may have an instant replacement for Wally Judge here. Greg Lewis was the projected starting center before Doorson’s commitment, but it will be hard to ignore the 7-foot, 265-pounder if things go well when he arrives this fall. Doorson’s enrollment in the fall gives Jordan a lot more versatility in the post when it comes to supplementing Kadeem Jack at the four. Doorson will not enroll for another six weeks, and his early impact will be heavily based on how quickly he picks things up after a late arrival.

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