New Jersey’s own Dylan Harper, the consensus No. 2-ranked high school basketball player in the nation, is staying home to play college basketball. 

Harper announced on Wednesday that he’s committed to Rutgers University, ending a massive national recruitment for the Bergen County native.

Watch JSZ’s Feature “Harper is Home”

It’s a win-win for both sides, who are incredibly well-acquainted with each other. 

Dylan Harper, the younger brother of Rutgers great Ron Harper Jr. and the son of five-time NBA champion Ron Harper Sr., will help the Scarlet Knights to one of the best recruiting classes in the 2024 cycle.

Harper has starred at North Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep for the last three years and is just a week away from kicking off his senior season with the Ironmen. Last year, he was a finalist for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone Player of the Year after averaging 24.8 points per game. Harper guided Don Bosco to a 26-3 record and a Bergen County Jamboree championship.

Most college recruiting sites view Harper as a top-two player in the entire country for this upcoming cycle. 

His decision to join Steve Pikiell’s squad is a massive win for Rutgers basketball. Harper’s friend Ace Bailey – a 6’8″ forward of McEachern, GA – is the No. 3 nationally ranked recruit who is also committed to Rutgers. 

It would be an understatement to say that Dylan Harper knows Rutgers well. His older brother Ron starred for the Scarlet Knights from 2019 through 2022 before joining the Toronto Raptors’ organization. 

Harper chose to join Rutgers over Duke, Indiana, Kansas and Auburn.

JSZ’s Coverage of Dylan Harper Through the Years