Duo To Visit Rutgers; Carroll, Michel Updates

Rutgers officially introduced Mike Rice as its head coach Thursday, and already two official visits are set up for next week. The Scarlet Knights are welcoming a wing and point guard to campus Tuesday. Also, Rice will meet with Rutgers signee Austin Carroll next week, and there is an update regarding junior college center Guy-Marc Michel. Is he still considering Rutgers?

Newly appointed Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice is moving quickly to get players on campus for official visits, with a pair scheduled to begin their trips Tuesday.

Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) products Cleveland Melvin, a 6-foot-8, 212-pound wing and Antoine Myers, a 6-foot-2 point guard, will be on campus as Rice tries to fill a roster that currently has only eight scholarship players next season, well under the NCAA-allotted 13.

And Rice will be making his own trips as he is scheduled to visit Rutgers signee Austin Carroll of Brewster Academy (Wolfboro, N.H.) early next week.

While incoming freshman Gilvydas Biruta of St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) already said he would honor his commitment, Carroll told ScarletReport.com he will not say anything publicly until after the meeting with Rice.

However, sources said Carroll plans on honoring his commitment to Rutgers as long as things go well during his visit with Rice.

But while Rice searches for a big man, one off the board is North Idaho College center Guy-Marc Michel, who said he is no longer considering Rutgers and his close to committing to Indiana.

As for the players visiting this weekend, neither hold Rutgers offers but both said they were told they would get offered on their visits. Both also know very little about the Scarlet Knights, and are being recruited solely by programs who made coaching changes in the offseason.

"Coach Rice called me a few days before he got hired,'' Melvin said. "I really don't know much about the school. I'm looking for my style of play, running up and down the court.''

It was Melvin's desire to play on the perimeter as well as inside that led to his de-commitment from Connecticut in March.

"They wanted me to play an inside game,'' Melvin said, "and I wanted to develop my game inside and outside''

Melvin's AAU coach, Anthony Lewis, said his player could make an immediate impact.

"Cleveland is long, athletic,'' Lewis said. "He's freakish athletic. He runs the floor very well. He can transition very well, guard on the perimeter, put the ball on the deck. I would say he's a wing-forward. He's an impact kid because he plays so hard. I'm not sure he knows a lot, but he's familiar with the Big East.''

Mevlin was returning from a visit to Seton Hall on Thursday morning, and already visited DePaul and Marshall.

"The Seton Hall visit went good,'' he said. "They've got a great coaching. Everything about Seton Hall was great, the education, the coaches.''

But with having so little knowledge of Rutgers, could the Scarlet Knights really factor into his decision.

"If I like the visits and everything goes well, maybe,'' he said.

Rutgers' needs for front-court players is at a premium, but the Scarlet Knights also will need a backup point guard to senior-to-be James Beatty, which is where Myers fits in.

According to Lewis, questions as to whether Myers would qualify academically limited his recruitment early, but he recently achieved a qualifying test score

"He's extremely quick, gets into the lane and goes end-to-end quickly,'' Lewis said. "He's strong. He can get to the (basket). He has a solid mid-range, a very solid defender, a disruption-type defender.''

Myers already visited Marshall, and is also being recruited by DePaul.

"I'm really into Rutgers,'' Myers said. "I know they have a new coaching staff, and that's basically it. I'll find out when I get there. I visited Marshall the weekend before last, but I haven't visited DePaul yet.''

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