Airious "Ace" Bailey has committed to Rutgers, becoming the highest-rated prospect to ever join the men's basketball program, per Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media.
Associate head coach Brandin Knight posted a locker room video to social media with Bailey hugging head coach Steve Pikiell, who yelled, "He's coming," to cheers from the team:
The Scarlet Knights were celebrating a 68-64 overtime win over Ohio State on Sunday to improve to 13-5 on the season.
Bailey is a 5-star recruit and the No. 6 overall player in the 2024 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.
The 6'10" forward plays for McEachern High School in Georgia, showcasing his excellent length and athleticism to make an impact inside on both ends of the court.
He earned scholarship offers from top programs across the country, including Kentucky, Kansas, Texas and Oregon, but decided to forge a new path with Rutgers.
Pikiell has also found plenty of success on the court, leading the team to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances after breaking a 30-year gap between bids. The squad is red-hot this season with seven wins in the last eight games, including a road victory over then-No. 1 Purdue.
The 5-2 conference record is also good for second in the Big Ten.
With the addition of Bailey, it's clear this program is heading in an exciting direction.