Scouting Report -- Whittington is a scoring forward with more ball-handling skills than your average big. Whittington fits the idea of a "forward" in the Eddie Jordan offense. He can hit the mid-range shot, and make dribble moves. Look at what J.J. Moore has been asked to do this season and the development of Kadeem Jack outside of the paint, and that is what can be expected from a healthy Whittington.
Health is the question. Whittington missed the second half of last season because of academic suspension. Then he tore his ACL. Whittington has not seen the court in a year, and it will be at least another 11 months before he can do so in a live game. If Whittington gets back to what he was pre-injury, Rutgers has a steal and future star within the program. Even if Whittington is not what he once was, look for him to push immediately for starter's minutes alongside Jack and will-be senior Craig Brown and Junior Etou.
Recruiting Impact -- Whittington will enroll next month, where there is scholarship space available. His spot essentially fills up the roster space barring any roster departures. He completes the incoming 2014 signed players (Bishop Daniels, Dwayne Foreman and Mike Williams). With those four coming in and Wally Judge and J.J. Moore departing, expect Rutgers to yet again slow its recruitment of other 2014 names.
Rutgers had 6-foot-10 center Ibrahima Diallo on an official visit earlier in the year, but would need to find scholarship room to continue its pursuit.
Quotable -- "It came down to coach Jordan. He was the first person to reach out to me, and it would be an honor to play for him and the rest of the Rutgers coaches. At Rutgers, I have a chance to do something special, and to play in the Big Ten. … It's my kind of offense, and the visit was great."
Final Thought -- Great job by Jordan, former Georgetown assistant David Cox and the Rutgers staff. Whittington could have transferred to 100 different programs, but he picked one that is very clearly building from the ground up.
Whittington, like Moore, can go to Rutgers with the opportunity to be a star player instead of a role player.
The only question now is with his eligibility. Whittington will have sat out a full season, which should have him eligible to play immediately in the Big Ten. But with other questionable NCAA eligibility decisions, his status remains in doubt and will remain in doubt for some time.