It may be July but there is a lot of activity with Rutgers basketball going on. Let's review here in the second installment of the RAC & Roll report:
Updates on class of 2016 shooting guard targets:
Kwe Parker, the 4-star guard from North Carolina, had previously stated he would make his college decision before July. Parker visited Rutgers three weeks ago and it seemed momentum was on the side of Eddie Jordan. However, no decision has been made and the longer time goes on, the less likely it is that Parker selects Rutgers. Wake Forest was once seen as the favorite to land Parker but they recently welcomed Charlotte transfer and former North Carolina high school player of the year Keyshawn Woods. This week it was also reported Wake has strong interest in Showtime Ballers guard Elijah Campbell.
Wake Forest. Shooting guard. 2016? Hmmm. https://t.co/sb46PwbFWC— RHoops247 (@RHoopsRecruits) July 3, 2015
Regardless, according to our friends at Blogger So Dear, he is still a top target of Wake Forest and is in regular contact with the staff. They also commented on Parker, "He stated to Rivals a few weeks ago that he would like to visit either Louisville or Florida in June/July and then Wake Forest last before committing prior to senior year". We will see how this plays out as the wait for Eddie Jordan's first commit in the class of 2016 continues.
Myles Powell, a shooting guard from Trenton Catholic, could certainly fill the void if Parker decides to pass on Rutgers. He is rated a 4-star recruit by 247Sports.com. Powell received an offer from Rutgers in May 2014 and has visited several times. However, his recruiting has picked up this summer and he has had a busy week:
Myles Powell of Trenton Catholic in NJ is transferring to South Kent in CT.Scorer and arguably the best shooter in the class of 2016.— Andrew Park (@Pa7290) July 1, 2015
2016 Trenton Catholic (NJ) G Myles Powell has received an offer from Georgia Tech. @Myles_MBP_23 http://t.co/7zArGuRpVG— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 1, 2015
3rd Team All-EYBL Myles Powell (@Myles_MBP_23) | @JSnjPlayaz http://t.co/f2VzJtiefi pic.twitter.com/dJS3gy6LMO— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) July 2, 2015
According to verbalcommits.com, Powell in addition to Rutgers and Georgia Tech, has offers from Rhode Island, Cincinnati, VCU, Marquette, Temple, St. Joe's, Seton Hall and Kansas State amongst others. He is a different type of player than Parker as he is much more of a pure shooter. More to come on all of Rutgers 2016 recruiting targets next week.
Greg Lewis to play with Athletes in Action:
NEWS RELEASE: Greg Lewis to Tour Philippines this Summer with Athletes in Action http://t.co/WAnCy5z2Ff— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) July 2, 2015
I wrote earlier this week how important Greg Lewis is for Rutgers next season. This trip with AIA is a tremendous opportunity for Lewis this summer. Not only will he be a part of a team playing eight games over twelve days, he will also take part in clinics and camps for coaches and children. In addition, the team will visit children at a hospital and orphanages as well as supply aid such as sports equipment, medical supplies and food. Lewis has been a model citizen at Rutgers and him being invited to take part in this goodwill mission should be no surprise. The team will play some good competition, taking on the top four college teams in the Philippines, several pro teams and the Philippine National Team who is ranked 2nd in Asia. The press release from Athletes in Action is here.
There are a few local summer leagues taking place and several Rutgers players are participating:
Mike Williams and DJ Foreman are playing in the newly formed Victory Sports Pro-Am summer league in Princeton, NJ. It also includes players from Syracuse, Providence, Temple, Princeton, UPenn, St. Peter's, and Rider including alum and NBA player Jason Thompson. Jerry Carino lists the full rosters here.
The Jersey Shore summer league started this week and both Greg Lewis (he is busy) and walk-on Jake Dadika are playing for teams. This league started in the 1960's and has been a staple on the summer league circuit since. Players representing other schools include Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Miami (FLA), Oregon State, NJIT, Monmouth, LIU, St. Peter's ,Bucknell and Colgate. Josh Newman lists the full rosters here.
Corey Sanders has been in New Jersey less than a month and has made a couple of cameos in two local city leagues. He played one game in the Chosen League in Philadelphia on June 22nd and put on a show, which included a couple of other DI players as well. He scored 22 points, highlights below:
He then played last weekend in the Tri-State Classic in the Bronx and represented well there too.
@C_Sanders3 is killing the Brooklyn Kings offense with jumpers, crossovers & everything else from his arsenal! @RutgersMBB look out!— Tri-State Classic (@TSClassicNYC) June 27, 2015
Summer workouts are underway for Rutgers so that may be it for Sanders on the summer league circuit for now. There is a little over three months until the official start of the 2015-2016 season and the highly anticipated debut of Sanders in a Rutgers uniform.
No NBA calls for Mack and Jack:
While a number of Big Ten alums have been signed to NBA summer league teams since last week's draft, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack continue to wait. I'm shocked that neither of them has been added to a roster as of yet. While a few players have been signed the last couple of days, it does appear the window is all but closed for both of them. Only a few players that turn in good performances at the summer league even get invited to NBA training camps in the fall. It's probably time to consider their options overseas, like Andre Hollins from Minnesota, who just signed with Belgian team the Leuven Bears. Best of luck to both of them and we will keep you updated on their next steps.
Rutgers #gocaRli campaign:
Ending on a positive note, Rutgers started a campaign yesterday in support of US Women's World Cup team captain and RU alum Carli Lloyd. The basketball team took time out from a workout to show their support. Good luck to her and the entire US Women's team this Sunday in the final against Japan.
#RHoops couldn't be prouder to support @CarliLloyd & @ussoccer_wnt in their quest for the World Cup. #gocaRli pic.twitter.com/isMYdnsHcn— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) July 2, 2015
Have a happy and safe July 4th weekend!