Rutgers Showing Interest in SG Rusic

Shooting guard Petar Rusic of 22 Feet Academy (Jackson, Ky.) began receiving intense interest from Rutgers after Eddie Jordan took over the program and is a candidate to be a late addition to the roster. Waiting for the dead period to end, 22 Feet Academy coach Ryan Schmidt discussed the latest in his leading scorer's recruitment.

Waiting for the recruiting dead period to end the last week of May, Rutgers is set to receive an official visit from shooting guard Petar Rusic of 22 Feet Academy (Jackson, Ky.).

Rusic is the leading scorer for 22 Feet and projects into the shooting guard role coach Eddie Jordan wants to add to his 2013 recruiting class.

"I've spoken to [assistant David Cox] and their interest is very, very high right now," said 22 Feet Academy head coach Ryan Schmidt. "Their in need for a big-time shooter. They're going to try on bringing him over for a visit as soon as the dead period's over."

West Virginia, Kansas State and Purdue were all involved in Rusic's recruitment but filled needs elsewhere. Seeing the process slow down in May, Rusic and Schmidt are excited about the interest from Rutgers.

"It was different for all of the schools, but with West Virginia, they had need for a big and a point guard and just filled those needs first," Schmidt said. "We had those three big-time programs and a lot of mid-major and low-major schools recruiting him. They're interested but some of them kind of backed off. It's great that he can now have this high-level interest from a top school. I think he'd be a steal at this point."

Rusic checks in at 6-foot-4 and is best known as a jump shooter, but brings more to the table than scoring.

Rusic led 22 Feet Academy in steals this year and takes defense seriously, which is true of all Rutgers commitments at this point.

"He's not the most athletic kid but he's way more than just a shooter," Schmidt said. "He has a very, very high basketball IQ. He's not going to blow you away with his lateral quickness, but he knows the positions, the rotations. My favorite thing about him as a coach is just his toughness. He's one of the toughest kids I've ever met in my life."

Originally from Toronto, Rusic is close to finishing his studies at 22 Feet Academy as a boarding student. Rusic will have four years of college basketball eligibility.

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