Rector "Wide Open" Following Decommitment

South Kent guard Shane Rector decommitted from Rutgers less than a week after the firing of head coach Mike Rice and his practice behavior scandal. How close is Rector to re-making his college choice and is Rutgers still in the race?

Mike Rice's firing from Rutgers gives South Kent guard Shane Rector a chance to start over. Instead of preparing for college, Rector will spend his spring re-doing the recruiting process with his options wide open.

"Right now he's getting a lot of interest for a lot of different schools," said South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson. "For him, the recruiting process was over a while ago. Now, it's kind of taking the time to listen to schools, get to know coaching staffs, find out who has a need for a player like Shane and then make a decision."

The recruiting reboot features double-digit schools expressing interest. Rector's options were initially limited when committing to Rutgers but are now significantly wider with schools looking to add a late scorer to their classes because of transfers, decommits and departures.

"He really is starting over," Jefferson said. "It's a funny thing because you want to get this process done quickly because it's late, but he doesn't want to rush into anything. He wants to take his time and make the right decision."

Rector will still consider Rutgers, where he built a relationship with assistant coach Van Macon and others during the process.

The timing of a new hire at head coach and comfort level with assistants and the remaining players on the roster will play a key role in the Scarlet Knights' chances at re-landing the combo guard.

"Absolutely Rutgers is in there," Jefferson said. "He liked it for a lot of reasons, more than just Mike Rice. That's a school that's close to home. It's a school he's familiar with. Regardless of the coaching situation, there is still a need for a good player like Shane in their program. Once they do make a decision on who the coach may be, he's definitely going to be willing to listen and make a decision from there."

Of the new schools in place, Missouri is in the best position to host him for a visit.

"He's excited about all of the schools," Jefferson said. "Missouri's making a push. I think, right now, he may go out there this weekend or next weekend. We're trying to solidify that."

Rector averaged 15 points and five assists per game in his first and only season with South Kent. Before that, he led St. Raymond's (New York) to a New York Catholic League title as a junior.


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