"I think he's a guy that can fill a need," said FOXSportsNEXT.com basketball analyst Evan Daniels. "I think Rutgers was looking for a guy that can put the ball in the basket and a guy that's going to get his teammates involved. I think Shane Rector fills both of those needs."
"What I like about Shane is he's a guy that can score the basketball," Daniels said. "I think he's made that pretty clear with the way he's played this year. He puts up points. He shoots pretty well and he can get into the lane and score points. That will be good for Rutgers."
A chance to play in the Big East and help Rutgers move to the Big Ten were both draws for Rector. Rector chose Rutgers over offers from Providence and Massachusetts and heavy interest from Arizona State and South Carolina.
"He's going to fit there because he's a competitor," said South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson, who also coached Rutgers sophomore Derrick Randall. "He's a tough kid. He's New York City tough and he's going to have a lot of success because he's a kid that wants to win. He makes it known that he wants to play winning basketball and I think he's going to help them get over the top."
Rector has not seen the court often this season while nursing a leg injury, but will be back in action soon, Jefferson said.
"He's missed a few games, but during that time he's been our biggest cheerleader," Jefferson said. "He's been like a coach on the bench. As guys come out of the games, he'll be talking with them. As a kid, as a leader, he's exactly what a college basketball team wants."
Before transferring to South Kent for his senior season, Rector was a standout player in New York. Playing for St. Raymond (Bronx, N.Y.), Rector led his team to a championship as a junior.
"What makes Shane Rector such a great addition for Mike Rice is that, down the stretch last year, he was the best player at St. Raymond's as they went on to win a New York City catholic league title," said Mike Quick, the host of "A Quick 60" on MSG Varsity. "Playing down the stretch, he elevated his game to what many thought it could be. It's a great get for Mike Rice and his staff. Had he stayed in New York City this year, he would have been the top senior recruit in the city."