Greg Lewis to Rutgers

Greg Lewis became the seventh player in the Class of 2011 to commit Rutgers coach Mike Rice when he verbally pledged Friday night.

“Yeah, I did,” the 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from Baltimore St. Frances said. Lewis is the No. 14 center in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals.

Asked why he chose Rutgers over South Florida and interest from Maryland, Lewis said, “My relationship with Coach Rice and Coach [David] Cox. Rutgers presented me with a good opportunity.”

Lewis, a cousin of the late former Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis, averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds last season.

“I’m a versatile forward,” he said.  “I can bring a post presence on offense and shot-blocking on defense. Just a big man presence.”

Lewis joins an impressive recruiting class ranked as high as No. 6 nationally by Rivals that includes Myles Mack, Malick Kone, Jerome Seagears, Mike Taylor, Kadeem Jack and Derrick Randall.

“I know most of those guys,” Lewis said

Rutgers hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 1991, but Rice is building a team that he hopes can end that streak within the next few years.

“I think we got a pretty good chance to do that,” Lewis said.

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