Kejuan Johnson to Rutgers

KejuanKejuan Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing from Hargrave (VA) Military, committed to Rutgers on Thursday.

Johnson, who took an official to Rutgers this past weekend, is Rutgers’ second commit in 2015, following Florida point guard Corey Sanders.

“Coach Eddie [Jordan] is a great coach,” Johnson told by phone. “I love everything he stands for and what he brings to Rutgers. It’s just a great situation for me coming in next year and being able to play next year as a freshman and get time and experience.”

“He looks at us as more than players, he looks at us as a family.”

Johnson said he also had offers from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Florida Gulf Coast, East Tennessee State and Bowling Green. To read more of this story, click here

As Jersey’s Top 2 Players Spurn Rutgers, Seton Hall, Garden State Schools Need a Recruiting Coup

JR InmanIsaiah Briscoe, the top Class of 2015 prospect in New Jersey, is down to three schools.

Rutgers and Seton Hall didn’t make the final cut, but St. John’s, Kentucky and UConn did and the 6-foot-3 point guard out of Roselle Catholic is expected to announce his choice next week.

Tyus Battle, the top Class of 2016 prospect in the Garden State, recently cut his list to 11 schools.

Neither Rutgers nor Seton Hall made the list for the 6-6 combo guard from Gill St. Bernard’s, but both Kentucky and UConn did, along with other traditional powerhouses like Duke, Syracuse, Florida and Michigan. (For more on Battle, watch the SNY documentary, “The Battle Plan.”)

This is really nothing new for New Jersey’s top Division 1 programs. I’ve covered recruiting in the state for 15+ years and time and again, we’ve seen Coach KJohn Calipari, Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim and others come in and take the top Garden State players out of state. To read more of this story, click here

Tom Crean Says Mike Rice Will Be a Good Comeback Story

Mike Rice, James BeattyIndiana coach Tom Crean is among those rooting for former Rutgers coach Mike Rice to make a comeback.

“Everyone wants to cast judgment so fast,” Crean, the Indiana coach, told Bleacher Report. “It’s not our place to cast the blame or to press the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ button, especially on things we don’t know much about or have only seen parts of. That’s up to the people that are involved in it.

“Mike is a very talented coach. He has an edge to him. I would bet that he’s going to be a very strong comeback story.” To read more of this story, click here

Two Rutgers’ Freshmen to Sit Out as Partial Qualifiers

Rutgers announced today that freshmen Ibrahima Diallo (Dakar, Senegal) and Ryan Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) will sit out the 2014-15 season, leaving the team with 10 scholarship players as they enter the Big Ten.

Diallo and Johnson will be able to practice and participate in team activities, but will not be permitted to compete in games after being ruled as partial qualifiers by the NCAA.

Diallo and Johnson will retain four years of eligibility, beginning with the 2015-16 season.

“Ibrahima and Ryan have both worked very hard since arriving on campus and have done everything we have asked of them,” said head coach Eddie Jordan. “We will utilize this redshirt season as an opportunity for Ibrahima and Ryan to continually develop, both on and off the floor. We look forward to the contributions they will make during their Rutgers careers.”

Rutgers holds its first official preseason practice this Sunday (Oct. 5). The Scarlet Knights host Baruch College in exhibition action on Nov. 8, before opening their regular season at the RAC versus George Washington on Nov. 16.

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Corey Sanders to Rutgers

Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan and assistant Greg Vetrone made Corey Sanders a priority all summer long.

On Thursday, their hard work paid off when the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Sanders committed to the Scarlet Knights for the Class of 2015.

“I don’t want to go somewhere where I would have to wait,” he told Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey. “I wanted to come to a place where I could work hard and be the guy right away.”

Sanders also likes the idea of playing for former NBA coach Eddie Jordan.

“I’m not only playing in the Big Ten, but with a coach who just coached in the NBA,” he told Carino. “He said I kind of remind him of himself as a player, how I play hard defense and control the team. He played in the NBA, so he knows what it takes. Coach Jordan is going to take good care of me.”

Said Showtime Ballers coach Diana Neal on Thursday: “They were the only school that offered and recruited him the hardest. They are more like a family to him. He also will play right away because they need a point guard. He loked at where he could be a pro as well and felt Eddie Jordan can help him follow his dream. They have been really great and have showed they need him more than just want him. He loved the school as well.” To read more of this story, click here

Shaq Doorson to Rutgers

Shaq is headed to Rutgers.

No, not that Shaq.

Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound center from Holland and the Canarias Basketball Academy, committed to Rutgers, sources confirmed to Jon Rothstein of previously reported the news.

Doorson previously committed to Pittsburgh in November. But the two sides parted ways in January, sources said.

“He’s 6-foot 11, 265 pounds, he’s a big human being,” CBA coach Rob Orellana told then. “He’s only been playing for two and a half years. He’s an unbelievable runner North and South. He has great hands. He’s a hard-worker. He just doesn’t know the game right now, he doesn’t understand the physicality of the game right now. He doesn’t understand the concepts right now. It’s going to take time.

“He has an unbelievably huge body. For a kid his age, he’s chiseled.”

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Former Rutgers Commit Leroy Butts Reopens Recruitment

The on-again, off-again relationship between Leroy Butts and Rutgers is off again.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound 2015 power forward from Clinton (Md.) Christian decommitted but says he’s still considering Rutgers.

“I re-opened my recruitment,” he told by text. “I wanted to see who else was interested in me.”

Butts in November picked Rutgers over Miami, Cincinnati and DePaul, saying “It’s a great fit for me.” To read more of this story, click here