Both JuCo Commits Exploring Options

Rutgers basketball recruiting changed drastically when the Mike Rice videotapes surfaced in the public eye. Without a head coach or athletic director, Rutgers is one week away from the JuCo signing period with both of its committed forwards looking around.

Wabash Valley College forward Chris Griffin decommitted from Rutgers following the firing of head coach Mike Rice and Broward (Fla.) JuCo wing Craig Brown is exploring all options leading up to signing day.

Junior college prospects can sign as early as next week but neither Rutgers recruit will do so according to their head coaches.

Griffin decommitted from Rutgers today and could officially visit Auburn this weekend.

"He's wide open," said former AAU coach Chris Ayres. "He's looking for a coach he can really trust and a place that makes him feel comfortable overall."

Interim head coach Dave Cox was at the head of Griffin's recruitment.

"He really loves coach Cox," Ayres said. "If he were to get the job or stay on, then Chris would probably 100 percent stick with Rutgers. He's just trying to find the right situation."

Brown remains committed but will also explore options with Rutgers in search for a new coach.

"We haven't talked much about it but I know he's looking at other schools," said Broward coach Bob Starkman. "It's a tough situation for him. We're waiting to see what happens with the coach. He really loves [assistant] Van Macon and wants him to stay."

Neither plans to sign a National Letter of Intent at the start of the signing period but both hope to have their recruitments completed by the first week of May.

Rutgers fired Rice as coach Wednesday morning and named dean Carl Kirschner as interim athletic director Monday morning.

South Kent guard Shane Rector decommitted from Rutgers today but said he is still interested in the Scarlet Knights.

"I decommitted, but they're still an option for me though," Rector said.

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