Shagari Alleyne made it official tonight. The seven foot, two inch center from Rice HS in NYC chose Rutgers over Kentucky and more than thirty other suitors.
As a fan put it early this morning:
"There has never been a recruit this big that has considered RU and a real college basketball powerhouse and picked Rutgers. Also, no one has ever had a build up to a press conference to announce his decision between a David and Goliath and selected David."
I talked to Shagari last September and got this info:
Allenye is a big, big guy with a deep, deep voice. He wears a size 21 shoe and has huge hands and a giant wingspan to match his huge shoe size. The combination make him a great shot blocker. On offense can dunk a basketball without leaping. When I asked him about his greatest skill he noted, "My greatest skill right now is my ability to dominate games on both sides of the floor and to run the floor and to pass and get other players involved. In terms of development I just need to get stronger."
Here's more in a recent article about Shagari's potential:
"Sources indicate that Alleyne actually committed to Rutgers at the end of the summer. However, he reconsidered and decided to take a few visits to make sure he was making an informed decision. Kentucky made a great pitch, and we understand that it was tough for Alleyne to decline the Wildcats' offer, but in the end he chose to renew his commitment to Coach Waters."
We'll have quotes from Shagari later tonight.