THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
It's getting down to crunch time and registration is just around the corner. With Antwi Atanhuane not being accepted to Rutgers for Fall Admission, two scholarships are still on the table. The first has been saved for 6'9" Nigerian forward/center, Abdullahi Kuso.
Kuso has been cleared by the West African Examination Council and has received his I20 , certificate of eligibility for Visa. He has applied for a Visa permit and is awaiting the decision. He should be fully qualified, if and when he shows up at Rutgers.
The other scholarship appears to still be earmarked for a point guard. Rutgers seemed to be headed down the Junior College trail but the recent Baylor fiasco and the subsequent immediate eligibility of the Baylor players may have changed the focus of the recruitment process.
John Lucas III a 6 foot quick on quick point guard may be the new person of interest for Rutgers. A former USA Honorable Mention All American, Lucas was a member of the Big 12 All Freshman Team. Last year he averaged 13.2 ppg and led the team in assists with 120. He had an assist to turnover ratio of 1.97 to 1. Like his dad before him, he is an accomplished tennis player and has roots in the Washington suburbs.
Rutgers is one of several teams trying to lure John to their campus in the next two weeks. He has allegedly scheduled visits to Georgia, Memphis, Rutgers and Arkansas.
Rutgers also continues to pursue a Junior College transfer point. This point is allegedly involved with several major teams and should be eligible for this year.
In other news Jerome Johnson, a Maryland power forward, will transfer to IMG Florida. There he will join up with former St. Benedict's star, Stanley Branch, Atlantic City, who will man the other forward position. Rutgers is involved with both of these players.
Chicago combo forward, Ollie Bailey, has scheduled an in house visit with Rutgers during the early part of September. He is developing a perimeter game and will eventually be a pure three.
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