Waithe visiting Rutgers ...again

For the second time during his recruitment, Marvell Waithe is visiting Rutgers. He actually gave a non-binding oral commitment to play at Rutgers out of high school, but did not qualify academically. Now, as a marquee junior college player, he is visiting again, and he has the Scarlet Knights as one of his finalists. Find out where Waithe stands, and what could give Rutgers the edge.

Power forward Marvell Waithe already went through it once, and as he finishes the recruiting process for a second time there is a good chance it could lead him to the same choice for the second time.

Within the next two weeks Waithe believes he will make a decision on where he will spend the last two years of his college career.

The Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College 6-foot-9, 210-pound big man will begin his official visit to Rutgers on Friday, which will include the basketball tip-off celebration outside of Rutgers Stadium before the Scarlet Knights meet Pittsburgh on the gridiron in a nationally televised game.

Waithe, who is from Toronto, committed to Rutgers out of Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI in Scarborough, Ont.

"I know a lot about Rutgers,'' Waithe said. "I committed there two years ago. I know (center) Hamady Ndiaye, and I know the whole coaching staff.''

About a week after the trip, Waithe said he will decide between Rutgers, where he committed to out of high school, and Arkansas, where he visited last weekend.

"I'm going to where I can play and where the situation is the best,'' Waithe said. "(Arkansas) was great. I loved it. The atmosphere was great, the city not that good, but the people are really nice and the basketball is really good.''

He thought he was Rutgers-bound out of high school, but an increase in NCAA eligibility requirements, pertaining to the number of core classes needed to be eligible, left him short and ineligible.

He wound up at Tallahassee Community College, where he averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. He shot 53.9 percent from the field, including 39.1 percent from 3-point range.

"I committed to Rutgers (out of high school) because it was the Big East,'' Waithe said, "and I had an opportunity to come in and play as a freshman, and were a program on the rise. And I think they still are.''

Although playing time will be central to his decision, Rutgers' location is working in its favor. Waithe said he misses his hometown, and he has aunts and uncles living within 10 minutes of the Rutgers Athletic Center.

"I'm from the north, and I got some family in Jersey, and it's real close to home,'' Waithe said. "If someone wanted to come down and see me play over a holiday, they could do that.

"I miss it a lot. Going to Arkansas will be really far from Toronto. I definitely want to see Rutgers. But I realize this is a business and I have to go to the place where I can get the most playing time.''

Scarlet Report Top Stories