Malick Kone to Rutgers

Rutgers added to its 2011 recruiting haul Thursday when shooting guard Malick Kone verbally committed to Mike Rice’s program.

ZAGSBLOG first reported Kone’s intentions to commit to Rutgers Aug. 16.

The 6-foot-6, 194-pound Kone was born in Guinea in West Africa and has only been in the United States for 19 months.

He will be a senior at St. George (Va.) Blue Ridge and plays for DC Assault.

“I committed to Rutgers because [associate head] Coach [David] Cox was recruiting me to Georgetown and he never gave up on me until today,” Kone said by text. “He trusted in my game. It’s a good program with a good education. Rutgers is a good place for me to show people that I’m good and bring my team to the top of the Big East as a leader.

“It’s not going to be easy but I like hard work and the coaches are good and passionate.”

Kone also had interest from Virginia, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Jacksonville and Marshall.

“He’s a jump shooter who can defend multiple positions and a very good rebounder,” DC Assault director Damon  Handon said. “He’s a great kid.”

Kone joins 6-9 forward Derrick Randall of South Kent (Conn.) in Rutgers’ 2011 recruiting class.

Rutgers has five scholarships to give for 2011.

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