Run On Bigs Continues

Mike Rice took a big step Sunday night when he landed a player from the Playaz Basketball Club. Derrick Randall was the second big man to commit the day after the summer evaluation period closed.

Derrick Randall knew a week ago. On Sunday night, he gave Mike Rice and Rutgers the response they were looking for.

"I knew for the longest time (I was going to Rutgers)," Randall told "I don't know why I didn't do it. I don't have an answer for that. I was seeing what my options were."

At the end of the month, armed with an armada of offers and growing attention, the 6-foot-8 No. 98 prospect in the Class of 2011 opted to play close to home and for a program he sees on the upswing.

"It's the new coach, the new players and there's going to be a new style of play. I like Mike Rice a lot. It's close to home where my father can see me play.

"In my mind, it was done a week ago."

Randall may be committed but his work is far from done. A key cog in the Playaz Basketball Club machine and NBA Top 100 Camp performer, Randall now has a mission: get Myles Mack. If Randall, who is headed to South Kent via Paterson Catholic can convince Mack, who will play at St. Anthony's, to join him, Rutgers would have then be close to turning on the tap for homegrown talent in the Garden State.

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