CoachSpeak: Morgan Breaks Down Judge

Kansas State transfer Wally Judge committed to Rutgers coach Mike Rice on Monday night. The former McDonald's all-American was a hot commodity as a transfer, and his former high school coach, Rex Morgan, spoke to to give a scouting report on what Rutgers is getting in the power forward.

Rex Morgan, who coached Wally Judge at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville), received a phone call from his former McDonald's all-American power forward Monday evening with the news the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder was transferring to Rutgers.

Judge is set to enroll at Rutgers in three weeks, but must sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules. But once the 2012-13 season commences, Morgan believes the Scarlet Knights are getting a complete power forward.

"They're getting a big kid who can run the floor, can rebound the basketball, can guard bigs and can score," Morgan said. "He's a good on-the-ball defender. With me, he had good instincts. He didn't mind playing defense. He was very active in taking charges. He's willing to put his head in there."

In his final season at Arlington Country Day, Judge averaged 18.5 points, shot 64.5 percent from the floor and averaged nearly three assists per game.

However, what stood out the most was his rebounding acumen. He averaged 17.1 rebounds per game and had 30 double-doubles in 32 games.

"He does a good job of making himself big," Morgan said.

When it comes to scoring, Morgan said Judge can score in a variety of ways.

"He's (very good) in transition," Morgan said. "He can score with his back to the basket, but does a little better when he faces up. He's quick. He's got good quickness, good feet for a big guy."

There is also a physical element to Judge's game.

"He played in the Big 12 and he didn't back down from anybody," Morgan said. "I think the Big 12 is about the same inside (as the Big East).

"In high school, he was a shot blocker. I think as you get higher up, I'm not sure you can count on Wally …he's not somebody who's going to get eight or nine blocks a game, but he's one that can get the big block, and he's a very good position player."

In 1½ seasons at Kansas State, Judge didn't showcase those talents as he continually struggled to understand his role.

As a freshman, he averaged 3.3 points and three rebounds in 36 games. Last season, he averaged 5.5 points and had 3.8 rebounds in 17 games (11 starts), but in late January he left the team and announced he was transferring.

Morgan said Judge was drawn to Rutgers by coach Mike Rice and his staff.

"I think it's the head coach," Morgan said as the reason for Judge's decision. "He got along with him well, and he knew (Rutgers assistant) David Cox years ago."

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