Quincy Douby has signed with agent Keith Glass this past weekend and will not be returning to Rutgers for his senior season. Calling the decision "extremely difficult", Douby said the prospect of being selected in the 1st round of next month's NBA draft was too tempting to pass up. "I definitely got faith in myself and my abilities that I'll be a first-round pick," Douby told the Courier News.
Right now, Quincy is projected as a 1st round pick on both NBADraft.net (27th) and Draft Express (19th). He plans to workout for several teams and is scheduled for a May 23rd workout with the Knicks, according to Draft Express. Douby was also invited to the NBA pre draft combine in Orlando, FL.
After both Lance Thomas and Eugene Harvey turned down the Scarlet Knights for Duke and Seton Hall, respectively, Fred Hill and staff looked north of the border for their next recruit: Canadian star Marvell Waithe. Waithe, a 6-7 forward, averaged over 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks a game for Sir Wilfrid Laurier in Ontario.
Waithe's strengths include a strong mid range game, perimeter shot and athleticism; he compares his game to that of the Pistons' Tayshawn Prince. At only 190 pounds, Waithe will have to bulk up, but he has a long wingspan and arms that makes him dangerous around the basket.
Waithe was on the Rutgers campus last week for a visit and soon afterwards, the Canadian papers were reporting that he was leaning toward Rutgers, over fellow Big East foe Cincinnati, Loyola Chicago and Duquesne. However, when decision time came, Marvell chose Loyola Chicago of the Horizon League over the Scarlet Knights in the "11th hour", a tough hit for both Fred Hill and Rutgers to take.
CBA's 6-7 power forward Dan Werner is another recruiting target the Scarlet Knights are currently interested in. Werner, who received a release from the letter of intent at NC State, is currently in contact with a host of schools. The 2006 Star-Ledger player of the Year has shown some early interest in Rutgers, but is also looking at Florida and Kentucky, Big East foes Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and St. John's as well as St. Joseph's.
Werner is planning a visit to Kentucky for this weekend, in addition to visits to Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Florida. Werner will make the short trip to Rutgers for an unofficial visit as well. According to CBA coach Ed Wicelinski, Werner is expected to make a decision in early June. There is still a possibility that he may stay at NC State, but he is keeping his options open and looking elsewhere.
Rutgers forwards Dan Waterstradt and Zack Gibson have been granted releases to transfer to other schools. Waterstradt appeared in 26 games this past season, averaging just 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in limited playing time while Gibson saw action in just 10 games as a freshman. Gibson may end up at Michigan, and both players are expected to return to the Midwest, where they are closer to home.
Coaching Staff Finalized
Fred Hill has finally filled all the spots on his coaching staff. Sean Codey, a Seton Hall graduate, was named the Director of Video Operations while Jay Joyner, who comes to RU from Columbia St. Community College, joins the team as the new Director of Player Development.
On Wednesday, former Rutgers player Craig Carter was named the final assistant coach. The Class of ‘92 Rutgers graduate spent the past season on the Siena sidelines, and was the Director of Basketball Operations at UMass during the 2004-05 season. At Rutgers, Carter led RU to two NCAA tournament berths and an NIT appearance as the team's captain. Carter's responsibilities at Rutgers will include off-campus recruiting and individual player instruction, as well as scouting and game preparation.