Three more members of Rutgers' Top 10 recruiting class signed their binding national letters of intent Thursday, leaving African-born wing Malick Kone as the lone person is the seven-player class yet to get his NLI to the Scarlet Knights coaching staff.
Power forward Kadeem Jack, the most hyped member of the class, South Kent (Conn.) School big man Derrick Randall and Flora MacDonald Academy (Red Springs, N.C.) point guard Jerome Seagears each sent their binding NLIs to Rutgers.
Those come a day after Boys and Girls High (Brooklyn) shooting guard Michael Taylor, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) center Greg Lewis and St. Anthony (Jersey City) point guard Myles Mack each signed NLIs to play for first-year coach Mike Rice.
"We are very excited to add Kadeem, Derrick and Jerome to our incoming class," Rice said. "The program is fortunate to sign such gifted young men. We are confident that this class has the talent, skill and desire to impact the future of Rutgers basketball in an extremely positive way." Kone's letter of intent is expected to come by the end of the weekend. Since he plays at the Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.), but hails from Guinea, it is taking a little more time for his NLI to be signed by his parents and sent to Rutgers.
The four-star Jack, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward, is the most visible of the class and will enroll in January. He will red-shirt, but practice with the Scarlet Knights.
"Kadeem Jack is an athletic forward with tremendous versatility," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "Someone who, I think, is going to be ready to compete, especially on the defensive end, and someone who helped us turn the tide as far as momentum for our recruiting class goes.
"There won't be any one person who is going to be tabbed a super star. We have foundation, and he's definitely a part of that foundation."
Randall, a 6 -8, 220-pound forward/center, was the first member of what turned into Scout.com's 10th-ranked class in the nation. He was also instrumental in recruiting a pair of close friends, Mack and Jack, to Piscataway.
"Derrick Randall is a physical specimen, who enjoys doing the dirty work," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "He enjoys rebounding, blocking shots, offensive rebounding. He's someone who, I think, we'll play to his strengths."
Seagears' decision to sign with Rutgers gives the Scarlet Knights a pair of Big East-caliber point guards, and will bring instant competition to the position.
"Jerome Seagears is another physically gifted individual," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "He's more of a pass-first, defensive-oriented point guard, and I say that and the first game this year he scored 45 points. He does have the ability to finish."
It is also a complete class in that Rice landed a pair of players who can play center, athletic power forwards and plenty of talent in the backcourt.
"To sign two point guards at that level, at that caliber, that's what wins in the Big East," he said. "So, we're thrilled to have both of them be able to get us to the next level."