Rutgers Standouts Jack, Mack Say Other Schools Tried to Recruit Them to Leave

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Amid the turbulence of the Mike Rice firing last April, Rutgers standouts Kadeem Jack and Myles Mack both said multiple schools tried to recruit them to transfer.

“A lot of schools called, a lot of schools called, around 7 to 10,” the 6-foot-9 Jack, a redshirt junior, told SNY.tv and the Daily News Tuesday at Rutgers media day.

Jack declined to name the schools, but said, “There were a couple of wows in there that blew me away a little bit.”

A former Rice High School and South Kent (Conn.) standout, Jack was a highly- regarded recruit coming To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Guard Says Auburn is ‘Like Mars’

Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears compared Auburn to Mars.

“It was just different. It’s like trying to go to Mars,” Seagears, who briefly transferred to Auburn in the offseason before heading back to Rutgers, told SNY.tv’s Matt Sugam. “Try and live on Mars. It’s a whole new environment. It was going to take a whole lot of time to adjust to.”

He added: “There’s nothing down there but country. I used to live in North Carolina for a little bit too. Red Springs, North Carolina.  That’s country too, but nothing like Alabama.”

Rutgers’ Moore Gets Waiver (UPDATED)

Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan got another dose of good news from the NCAA when Pittsburgh transfer J.J. Moore was cleared to play immediately this season.

“I would like to thank the NCAA for their decision regarding my waiver,” said Moore. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to play my senior season here at Rutgers. This decision is a blessing for me and my family.”

“We are grateful to the NCAA and our office of compliance for their hard work in providing J.J. this opportunity,” said Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan. “From the moment J.J. stepped on campus, he brought leadership and experience to our program. I greatly admire his competitive spirit.” To read more of this story, click here

Can Rutgers Land Isaiah Briscoe?

Just a couple of days after in-state rival Seton Hall pulled off a major recruiting coup by landing Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead, Rutgers hosted a slew of young  basketball talent for Saturday’s football game in which the Scarlet Knights beat Arkansas, 28-24

New Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan may not be able to match Kevin Willard’s recent burst of recruiting success this year, but Jordan is hoping another talented Isaiah will stay home and play ball at the state university.

Isaiah Briscoe was the biggest name who visited Saturday and Jordan made his pitch. To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Awaiting Word on Moore, Etou

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan received some good news relating to Kerwin Okoro last Friday.

And now he’s hoping for more good news about J.J. Moore and Junior Etou later this week.

“Hopefully the end of the week but who knows?” Jordan told SNY.tv Monday afternoon at St. Anthony High School where he was recruiting.

“Obviously, J.J. is eligible, it’s just his waiver.  And Junior is a qualifier, it’s just about his experiences over in Africa. And that’s it.”

Moore, a 6-6 Pitt transfer, is hoping to play immediately this year, just like Okoro, who was cleared Friday when the NCAA reversed course after initially declaring him ineligible this year upon his transfer from Iowa State.

Etou is a 6-7 Bishop O’Connell (Va.) big man who is facing questions about his amateurism status.
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NCAA Clears Rutgers’ Okoro to Play

The NCAA has done the right thing in the Kerwin Okoro case.

After initially denying him a waiver to play immediately at Rutgers this season, the NCAA reversed course on Friday.

“I would like to thank the NCAA for granting me a waiver,” said Okoro. “I am very humbled by all the support I have received throughout the process, both from my basketball families at Rutgers and Iowa State. I look forward to working with my teammates and coaches to have a successful season. I feel very fortunate to be at Rutgers and close to my family. I can’t wait to play ball.” To read more of this story, click here

Florida’s Carter, Pitt’s Randall ‘Expected’ to Receive NCAA Waivers to Play Immediately

Eli Carter and Derrick Randall are “expected” to receive waivers to play immediately at Florida and Pittsburgh, respectively, following their transfers from Rutgers, an NCAA source told SNY.tv Wednesday.

“They are expected to go through once we have the official paperwork from the respective schools,” the source told SNY.tv.

The source confirmed that Rutgers transfer Vincent Garrett had received a waiver to play immediately at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

All told, four former Mike Rice players are expected to suit up for their new schools in the 2013-14 season, as SNY.tv first reported that Mike Poole had received a waiver to play this year at Iona. To read more of this story, click here

Carrington Leads Lightning to First Win as Rutgers-Bound Williams Sits With Ankle Injury

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Late in the New York Lightning’s 77-65 victory over the St. Louis Eagles Friday night at the Peach Jam, Khadeen Carrington made a steal at midcourt, took a few dribbles and then soared in for an uncontested, picturesque dunk.

Carrington finished with a game-best 24 points as the Lightning ended a three-game losing streak here to improve to 1-3.

“That one felt good,” the 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from Bishop Loughlin told SNY.tv after going 7-for-8 from the field, including 2-for-2 from the arc and 8-for-10 from the line. To read more of this story, click here

Mike Williams to Rutgers

Mike Williams, one of the top shooters in the Class of 2014 out of Brooklyn Bishop Loughlin High School, has verbally pledged to Rutgers.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard also considered St. John’s and Creighton.

“We as a family came to the decision that he will be attending Rutgers next year,” Mike Williams Sr. told SNY.tv by phone.

“My family, my wife, his grandmother, all the relatives had a hand in the decision-making because getting away and being close to home, that’s what attracted him to Rutgers. To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Officially Adds Moore, Will Apply For Waiver

Rutgers officially added Pittsburgh transfer J.J. Moore on Tuesday and he is expected to apply for a hardship waiver to play immediately this coming season, as previously reported by SNY.tv.

“We are very excited to welcome J.J. into our program,” said Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan. “He’s an exceptional athlete, who brings experience, an aggressive approach and versatility to the floor. J.J. is also a good teammate and the type of player who will help move our program forward.”

The 6-foot-6 Moore played in 94 career games for the Panthers under head coach Jamie Dixon. This past season, Moore was Pitt’s scorer off the bench at both the power forward and small forward positions. He averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, while competing in all 33 games To read more of this story, click here