Waithe makes decision

Rutgers and Arkansas were in the mix for junior college forward Marvell Waithe. He made his decision Thursday, and alerted both schools before, and his coach at Tallahasse Community College Eddie Barnes talks about which school Waithe chose. Find out if Rutgers picked up its first commitment of the 2010 class, or if the Scarlet Knights are again in the market for a front court player.

In the end, choosing Rutgers twice turned out to be too much for 6-foot-9 Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College forward Marvell Waithe.

After flipping back and forth the last few days, Waithe gave a non-binding oral commitment to Arkansas on Thursday afternoon.

"I think it was a very tough decision for him,'' Tallahassee coach Eddie Barnes said. "He narrowed it down to both of those schools, and it turned out to be a very tough decision. I think he felt Arkansas was a better fit.''

According to Barnes, Waithe notified Arkansas in the late afternoon. He then called Rutgers coach Fred Hill to break the news to him.

Waithe was a prep start at Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Scarborough, Ont), and committed to Rutgers. But he did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements, and enrolled at the Florida junior college. He averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds as a freshman at Tallahassee Community College.

Rutgers, which is yet to get a commitment for the 2010 class, is hoping to land guard Austin Carroll of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.


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