The 2011 recruiting class for Rutgers basketball is rapidly filling up, which was probably a factor in Mack's decision today to go public for Rutgers. Guard prospect Naadir Tharpe immediately canceled his visit as a result.
Well, now Rutgers finally has its sorely-needed point guard, as Mack as of now will be the only 1 on the roster next year. It's somewhat of a concern that he's being described as a shoot-first point, but he is a very good prospect. It's good to keep the St. Anthony's pipeline going. So much for any notion about going after sleepers in this class.
Rutgers now has two big men commits in Derrick Randall and Kadeem Jack, a wing in Malick Kone, and a PG in Mack in what is turning into a very good recruiting class. Mike Taylor has been rumored as the fifth commit. Rutgers has a lot of playing time to sell with these players, but I personally wouldn't mind going after some junior college players too if at all possible.
Score another coup for Rutgers men's basketball head coach Mike Rice, and top assistant David Cox. Wingman Malick Kone has followed Cox's D.C. Assault pipeline right up I-95 (well, there's that weird cutoff in South Jersey, but you get the idea) to the RAC. He becomes the second member of RU's 2011 basketball class following forward Derrick Randall.
Rutgers has a lot of playing time to offer going forward, so here's to hoping for more good news to come. The staff is supposedly still in the mix for many high profile prospects. In the meantime you may want to check out Andy Katz's article on Rice on ESPN.com today.