Derrick Randall Makes the Call

Derrick Randall has pulled the trigger and it’s good news for Rutgers .

The 6-foot-8 1/2, 220-pound Randall committed to Mike Rice and his staff on Sunday and will join the Scarlet Knights in 2011.

“Yes, I was just thinking about it and I like the campus,” he said Sunday by phone. “I like the coach and the facilities. I like everything around Rutgers and it’s in the Big East and it’s close to home and to my family [in Brooklyn]. If they want to see me play, it’s not a hassle.”

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Jersey Point Guard Shuffle in Full Effect

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — The game of point guard musical chairs in the Garden State is moving at a dizzying pace.

Tyrone Johnson’s decision to leave Plainfield for Montrose Christian was just the latest in a flurry of high-profile point guards opting to either move from one New Jersey school to another or, in Johnson’s case, leave the state altogether.

Consider that:

**In May, St. Benedict’s point guard Myck Kabongo announced he was leaving for Findlay Prep, the two-time National High School Invitational champ.

**After it was announced that Paterson Catholic would close its doors, highly touted floor generals Kyle Anderson (a rising junior)and Myles Mack (rising senior) both opted to play for Hall of Famer Bob Hurley at St. Anthony. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Drawing Major Looks

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Only one player at this week’s Peach Jam was in the top five in both rebounds and assists.

That man was Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-8 1/2, 220-pound rising junior from North Bergen, N.J. who runs with the Playaz Basketball Club. Anderson will play for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony after spending two years at the now-defunct Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.

Raised by his father, Kyle Sr., as a point guard, Anderson creates tremendous mismatch problems for opposing teams. Although he has been accused of being somewhat slow-footed, Anderson uses his height to see over defenses and his length to attack the rim. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Randall Close to Pulling the Trigger; Desmond Hubert, Myles Mack Updates

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Derrick Randall may pull the trigger before the summer ends.

The 6-foot-9 senior, 225-pound who will spend his final year at South Kent (Conn.) after competing at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic says Rutgers leads his list right now.

“I like Rutgers a lot,” Randall, a Brooklyn native, said at the Peach Jam after the Playaz beat California Supreme, 80-49, behind Kyle Anderson’s 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, Myles Mack’s 16 points, Desmond Hubert’s 12 and Randall’s 7 points and 7 boards .

“I’m probably going to be making my decision in August deciding where I’m going to be committing to and then sign in the [fall].” To read more of this story, click here

Stewart, Cameron to Hudson Catholic (UPDATED)

Kavon Stewart and Reggie Cameron were two of the rising stars on a Paterson Catholic team that went undefeated through much of the high school season and peaked at No. 3 in the nation.

With Paterson Catholic closing this month, both players have elected to attend Hudson Catholic beginning next year, where they will play for Nick Mariniello, one of the top coaches in the Garden State.

“That’s where I’m going,” the 5-10 Stewart, pictured above, told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline.

Asked if the 6-4 Cameron was coming with him, Stewart said, “Yes.”

Mariniello said Stewart was currently playing with Hudson Catholic in various summer events and will be attending in the fall. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Randall Talks Rutgers, Recruiting

NEW YORK – At 6-foot-9, 225 pounds Derrick Randall is an imposing figure on the AAU circuit.

The 2011 big man from Paterson Catholic will prep next year at South Kent (Conn.) alongside Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Ricardo Ledo.

“I’m looking forward to playing with all of them because it’s better competition,” Randall, 18, said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. “It gets you better. [It will] improve my game a lot and get [me] used to the college level, how they play.” To read more of this story, click here

Desmond Hubert Likes 'Nova, Pittsburgh; Jerome Smart Takes Over at Teaneck

NEW YORK — Desmond Hubert is a long way from cutting his list of schools, but he says two should make his top five.

“‘Nova and Pitt,” the 6-foot-9, 205-pound Hubert said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. “Great programs, I like the head coaches.”

As for Villanova, Hubert said he liked head coach Jay Wright and the whole program.

“Jay Wright, he’s just a cool dude,” he said. “I talk to him a lot. He’s a real cool guy to sit down and just talk with. I really like the way he coaches and the way he carries himself. He’s one of my favorite coaches.” To read more of this story, click here

South Kent Loaded for Next Year

The South Kent (Conn.) School has only 135 students yet it will have a starting five next year that would make some college teams envious.

South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson could feature a starting five of Ricardo Ledo, Elijah Carter, Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Derrick Randall.

Harkless is committed to UConn.

Jack holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Miami, Rutgers and UConn.

And Carter initially committed to St. Bonaventure.

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Rutgers in Mix for 'Nigerian Xavier Henry'

The addition of David Cox to the Rutgers basketball staff seems to be paying immediate recruiting dividends and could land the Scarlet Knights what one coach calls the Nigerian version of Xavier Henry.

Daddy Ugbede, 16, is a 6-foot-7, left-handed Nigerian wing in the Class of 2012 who will enroll this fall at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., the alma mater of Georgetown standout Chris Wright.

“The frontrunners are Rutgers and Kentucky,” said Joe Boncore, Ugbede’s American trainer and also the mentor for 6-9 Georgetown commit Moses Abraham.

Boncore said he would try and get Ugbede to Rutgers on a visit sometime in July. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Mack to St. Anthony

St. Anthony will feature an all-Paterson Catholic backcourt next season.

Myles Mack, a rising senior point guard ranked No. 21 at his position in the Class of 2011, has chosen to attend St. Anthony in Jersey City for his senior season. Mack, who averaged 14.8 points and 2.8 steals last year, spent the past three seasons at Paterson Catholic, which is set to close its doors in June.

He will team will rising junior guard Kyle Anderson, another former PC player who previously announced his decision to play for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

“[Mack's] mother did call me and I think at this point he’s leaning toward going to St. Anthony,” Hurley said Sunday evening. To read more of this story, click here