Judge, a 6-foot-9, 250-pounder, took an unofficial visit to campus this weekend. While waiting in the security line before heading back to Manhattan, Kan., Judge spoke to ScarletReport.com about his visit.
"I hung out with the team and met with some of the academic people," Judge said. "It was a typical visit. The staff is really down to earth, and really in tune with their players. I think they like to have fun, as if they're one of us."
It was during that moment Judge learned about Rice's competitive fire.
"He's a real intense, competitive kind of guy. I kind of like that," Judge said. "I always learned that good players are a reflection of a good coach, and if he can be competitive over beating his team at bowling, then he could be competitive over trying to win the Big East championship."
So, did Judge beat Rice?
"I sucked. I can't even put it on the front," Judge said. "But one-on-one (in basketball), I can beat him any day."
Rutgers was the first school Judge visited since he just received his release from Kansas State despite announcing in late January that he was transferring.
"I'm looking to make a difference wherever I go," Judge said. "I feel like if given the opportunity, my talent is going to shine. I want to win, and I want to be a part of it."
Judge said he visited Rutgers because of a strong relationship with Scarlet Knights assistant David Cox, a former Georgetown assistant who was influential in the Maryland/Washington, D.C., AAU scene a few years ago.
Judge is from Washington, D.C., and that could factor into his decision.
"I can be close to my family and actually have a little bit more of a connection with the fans," Judge said. "I'm a hometown kid, and they'll probably welcome me with open arms."
Judge averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes while playing in 17 games (11 starts) last season after averaging 3.3 points and three rebounds in 36 games as a freshman.
He would have to sit out the 2011-12 season under NCAA transfer rules, and then would have two years of eligibility.