Big Ten offer for 2023 prospect

2023 Asheville School (NC) power forward Gus Yalden has earned the appropriate nickname “Baby Jokic” due to his style of play and the things he’s able to do on the court.

He has guard like skills at 6-foot-10, and can pass with the best of them at his position.

“I have heard that my three point shooting and my back to basket game are going to be factors in the future,” he said. “But also my basketball IQ and my handles for my size.”

He entered the yesterday with offers from Utah and Cal State Northridge, and fell asleep with an offer from Rutgers following a conversation with the head coach Steve Pikiell.

“It’s an awesome feeling to have your hard work, sacrifices and dreams realized by such an awesome program like Rutgers,” Yalden explained. “Especially since they are trending in the right direction.”

Rutgers is a program that has been around for a while recruiting Yalden. The head coach has been all over Yalden early, and that relationship has developed nicely.

“He’s a great guy and awesome coach. Super positive,” he said. “And is excited about me joining his squad in three years. A lot to like about what he has done so far.”

Georgia, Temple, Virginia Tech, Nicholls State, Indiana and Cincinnati are also showing interest, with the Hoosiers being a possible landing spot in the future, as well, due to his awareness and family connection to the program.

“My family has some deep roots at IU. My great great uncle was on the board of trustees and played baseball for them back in the day,” he said. “So, I have always been a Hoosier fan. I have talked with the coaching staff and so has my mom. It would be another ‘red’ school I would definitely love to play for someday.”

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