On a recruiting visit, Charles watched the Scarlet Knights erase a 15-point deficit and win in the final seconds with two key plays from Kadeem Jack. It was an eye-opening three hours on campus, Charles said.
"I took a lot of stuff away from watching the game," Charles said. "They throw their bodies around. You see how hard they play physically. The speed of it was kind of an eye opener.
"It was really nice to be around Rutgers. I'm really close being at Rutgers Prep, so I liked heading over there."
The 6-foot-5 small forward is midway through rehab from knee ligament surgery. During his time away from the court, Charles is building a relationship with the Rutgers staff in hopes of earning an offer.
"I know them pretty well," Charles said. "I think I know [assistant coach Kyle] Triggs the best. He talks to one of my coaches a lot, and we talk all the time.
" …These are guys that clearly know what they're doing. They've done it in the NBA. They've coached the best. I've talked to coach [Eddie] Jordan a few times, and he's great."
Charles aims to be medically cleared in late spring. Rutgers and others continue to express interest, but want to see how he heals from the torn ACL.
"I'm on schedule or maybe a little ahead of schedule right now," Charles said. "I'm hoping to get back at it soon and show everyone that I'm ready."
Charles is hearing from primarily Ivy and Patriot League schools at this point. Getting healthy is his first goal.
"Harvard, Princeton, Lehigh, Seton Hall, Boston, a lot of schools are talking to me," Charles said. "It's exciting, and a lot of the schools have great education. … That's important."