Waithe's decision imminent

Tallahassee Community College wing Marvell Waithe is back from his official visit to Rutgers, and is ready to make a decision. The 6-foot-9, 210-pounder talked about his visit, what he is looking for in a four-year college program and how his two finalists, Rutgers and Arkansas, stack up. Waithe, who committed to Rutgers out of high school, also gives a time frame for his decision.

Fresh off his official visit to Rutgers and en route to a class at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, Marvell Waithe said Monday he will decide between Arkansas and the Scarlet Knights by mid-week.

The criteria for the 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward is simple.

"I'm looking at just where I could go and have the biggest impact,'' said Waithe, who wants to play on the wing. "I'm not coming in to play primarily power forward. I think both places I will have to play both spots, but I want to go where I can play (small forward) the most.''

Waithe said he has no leader.

"If I did, I would decide now,'' Waithe said. "I'll probably decide the middle of this week.''

With playing time being the determining factor, Waithe said he is analyzing the rosters of both finalists.

"(Arkansas) is looking open, like somewhere I could go in and fit in right away,'' Waithe said. "At Rutgers, I feel like I can do some of the same things.''

Waithe, who committed to Rutgers out of high school but didn't meet the NCAA eligibility requirements, was hosted by senior center Hamady Ndiaye.

Although the weather was unpleasant, Waithe didn't mind. In fact, it was something he is used to since he prepped at Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI in Scarborough, Ont.

"It was all right,'' Waithe said. "I can't complain. Went to the football game and that was good. Hanging out with the players was good. Everything went very smooth.''

Waithe, who visited Rutgers as a high school senior, was able to watch the Scarlet Knights practice and determine where he would fit in.

"The players are different, but city is the same and campus is the same,'' Waithe said. "The players were better (than two years ago). You can tell the (direction) of the (program).''

He averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for Tallahassee.


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