Gist met with the staff Tuesday and left campus with his fourth scholarship offer.
The chance to talk to Jordan about the program stood out for the family, Gist said.
"I grew up in that era," he said. "I watched him lead a team to the Final Four at Rutgers. Mike Dabney from that team went to the same high school as I did – East Orange High School. I kind of followed that and it was really exciting that a Division I school in the neighborhood was doing very well. It was exciting for everybody involved and everybody supporting them."
Rutgers assistants David Cox and Van Macon helped recruit Gist before the offseason coaching change but turned up the heat this summer.
With Jordan in charge, Rutgers has been more active in its recruitment of Gist.
"I didn't know him (Jordan) personally, but I kind of know what he's about," he said. "I was around when he did what he did in the Final Four. When the other regime was there, there was no offer.
"I knew Mike Rice and [Jimmy] Martelli and there was no offer. Then Eddie comes in and sees Asante and instantly knows he wants to build a program and a future with Asante. He would be a focal point of the recruiting class. I think that's great. With the work we put in, to have Rutgers come in now and want Asante to come to Rutgers is great."
"Seton Hall has shown very strong interest, but as of late, Rutgers has been very, very out there," he said. "They've been showing very strong interest, so I would say those two schools are on Asante the hardest right now."
As a rising sophomore, Gist is still growing at 5-foot-10 and plays point guard for the 17-and under New Jersey Roadrunners AAU team.
"He brings dedication and hard work, James Gist said. "It's just something that we've been doing for a long time. Asante has been really focused on improving his game and becoming a complete point guard. He's been doing it a long time."