Coach Gary Waters is on his way to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take part in the work outs for the Junior World Championship Under 18 Team on May 31 thru June 2, 2002. Waters one of three coaches will attempt to reduce the field of 33 candidates down to a team of 12. The team is comprised of 2 rising juniors, 15 rising seniors, and 16 future freshmen. Several junior players are also on the Rutgers recruiting hit list. They include locals Shangri Alleyne, a 7'2" center from Rice High School, NY, NY; Terrance Roberts, a 6'8" power insider from Bob Hurley's St Anthony's Friars; and Darryl Watkins a 6'10" center from Pateron Catholic High School, Paterson, NJ.
In other news Danny Hurley's star shooting guard, Art Bowers, was named MVP of the Bob Gibbons TOC Championship Tournament. Bowers plays for Jim Salmons Tim Thomas Playaz AAU team. He is being recruited by RU, SHU, UMASS, UCONN and Wake. J.R. Smith a 6'6" swing who also plays for TT Playaz had a coming out party at the TOC. Smith also plays football and wants to attend a school that will afford him the opportunity to participate in both sports. Smith currently lists Rutgers in his top 5.
Word out of Philly is the North Carolina State, Zona, and Nova are in a dog fight for wonder point Mustafa Shakur of Friends High School. He is allegedly down to three serious contenders.
Finally, heard through the grapevine that Rutgers will apply for a medical hardship for recent recruit Harry Good. Good went down before game 3 of his first year at Northwestern. This would give him three years of eligibility if it is approved.