Rutgers Latest to Offer 2014 Point Guard Matt Farrell

Matt FarrellRutgers is the latest school to offer 2014 Point Pleasant Beach point guard Matt Farrell, head coach Nick Catania confirmed to SNY.tv Saturday.

The news was previously reported by Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press.

Head coach Eddie Jordan offered Farrell after he went off for 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting as Point Pleasant Beach beat CBA, 49-41, for the Shore Conference title at Monmouth University.

Rutgers has four commits for 2014: Quality Education (N.C.) center Ibrahima Diallo, Bishop Loughlin guard Mike Williams, ASA College guard Bishop Daniels and Massanutten Military forward D.J. Foreman. To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Lands 2014 Center Diallo

Ibrahima Diallo, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound center originally from Senegal, has verbally committed to Rutgers, becoming the fourth pledge for coach Eddie Jordan as the school enters the Big Ten next season.

Diallo, 18, is now at Quality Education (N.C.), the same school that produced St. John’s junior Sir’Dominic Pointer, among others.

“Yes, sir,” Diallo, who took his visit to Rutgers in November, told SNY.tv by phone. “I looked at the team situation. I really like the way Eddie Jordan coaches. I really like the team situation the way they treat me. I really like the school academically.”

Diallo said he also had interest from Marquette, Oklahoma State and Nebraska, among others. To read more of this story, click here

Eddie Jordan Watches Briscoe, Roselle Catholic Fall to St. Benedict’s Prep

By JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEWARK, N.J. —  In the highly anticipated match-up of the Newark Invitational, a crowd including Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan was treated to a thrilling St. Benedict’s Prep 64-58 win over Roselle Catholic.

Jordan was on hand to see  Isaiah Briscoe take on a very talented Gray Bees squad with several Division 1 recruits.

The 6-foot-3 2015 guard is considering several schools, including Syracuse, Arizona, Louisville, Providence, Gonzaga, Seton Hall and St. John’s, but some believe Rutgers has the inside track at this point. Briscoe has attended several games at Rutgers this year and last year, and could be the face of the program after they join the Big Ten next year. To read more of this story, click here

Greg Whittington to Rutgers

Former Georgetown forward Greg Whittington decided to transfer to Rutgers after visiting the campus this weekend.

It remains unclear how much eligibility he has remaining. Sources said he has at least a year and a half, possibly two remaining at Rutgers. It’s unclear when he will suit up.

“Coach [Eddie] Jordan welcomed me as a family and so did the whole staff,” Whittington told SNY.tv.

“Their playing style is kind of like Georgetown, but it’s more open and he likes go get out and run. They will be in the Big Ten next year with a lot of competition. They players were cool. The campus was nice. And their fanbase was good.” To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Randall ‘Getting Better’ After Leaving Rutgers

Derrick Randall says he’s in a “better” place now that he’s at Pittsburgh and away from Rutgers and the Mike Rice scandal.

“I have scars, but I am getting better – I smile because I don’t like to show my feelings – but it’s still with me. I get better day-by-day,” the 6-foot-9 Randall told Roger Rubin of the Daily News after grabbing five rebounds in Pitt’s 76-53 win over Texas Tech Monday in the Legends Classic.

Randall, a Brooklyn native and former Paterson (N.J.) Catholic standout, was one of four former Rutgers players who transferred after the Rice scandal in which he hurled basketball and homophobic slurs at his players. All four were granted waivers to play immediately this season. Randall told the Daily News he’s now in therapy with a psychiatrist because of what happened at Rutgers. To read more of this story, click here

Leroy Butts to Rutgers

 Leroy Butts is headed to Rutgers.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound 2015 power forward from Clinton (Md.) Christian coach picked Rutgers over Miami, Cincinnati and DePaul.

“It’s a great fit for me,” said Butts, the Rivals No. 114 prospect in the Class of 2015.

Asked what skillset he will bring, he said, “Scoring, rebounding, athleticism.”

Said DC Assault coach Damon Handon: “He’s wired to score the ball, has a good mid-range game and is a rebounder.” To read more of this story, click here

Mike Rice Back to Work…At The Hoop Group; Will Appear on ’20/20′ Friday (UPDATED)

Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice is back to work at The Hoop Group.

Rice is listed on the organization’s website as part of the staff, and Hoop Group President Rob Kennedy confirmed to SNY.tv that Rice is the “Director of Hoop Group Headquarters.”

Kennedy said Rice will both work with kids and handle administrative duties.

“I won’t be perfect moving forward, but I’ve changed,” Rice told “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts in an interview for ABC’s “20/20″ that he will appear Friday at 10 p.m. “Having that taken away, your dream job…and having it done in such a visible way…and hurting the people closest to me…it changes a person.”

“Mike has acknowledged his mistakes and has worked hard to make positive changes,” Kennedy told SNY.tv. “He has more passion and love of the game than any coach I have ever been around. I’m happy that Mike is able to share that energy with our Hoop Group participants.”

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