With a second opportunity at landing Kiss, Pikiell did not miss.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me knowing Coach Pike and the direction he wants to take the program.” said Kiss, who announced his commitment Sunday. “There were no hard feelings. We picked up right where we loft off. It was really a great visit and experience with the whole process.”
Rutgers was one of the first calls to Kiss after he received a release from Quinnipiac. Kiss visited Auburn first before Rutgers secured a commitment.
“I had a few schools that were interested in me but when it all came down to it, I really liked this,” Kiss said. “Coach Pike knows me and I know him. I did some research and came to see the place and it's everything I wanted and more. … With Rutgers being a top-50 institution, there are great opportunities after basketball. The ball stops bouncing after a while. The campus is so diverse. You can go find a rural campus feel or you can go over to New Brunswick and be right in the heart of College Ave.”
Kiss was Quinnipiac's second-leading scorer as a freshman with 13.3 points per game. Kiss led the Bobcats in steals, while he dished out 2.8 assists per game and shot 41 percent from the floor.
“Playing in coach Pikiell's system, I think I'm a perfect fit,” Kiss said. “I feel like, with me scoring and playing hard on (defense) and being a great passer, I can contribute.”
What can Rutgers fans expect from Kiss?
“You'll see my fire and how I play,” Kiss said. “I'm bringing energy to the court that other people might not bring. That will make me stand out”
Rising senior and 2017 team captain Mike Williams hosted Kiss on the official visit.
“He just told me to be 100 percent with my decision and make sure I feel comfortable before I make it,” Kiss said. “He told me how great the school was. He's a great person. I want to be surrounded by people like that.”
Kiss sits the 2017-18 season with three years to play.
“(While I sit out) it's about learning the Big Ten and getting my body adjusted to the Big Ten style of play and learning under coach Pikiell,” Kiss said. “Playing against Mike and Corey (Sanders) every day in practice will get me a lot better.”