Is Mike Rice Interested in Desmond Wade?

Rutgers' new basketball coach, Mike Rice, is trying to fill out his staff and fill scholarships for next season. One possible addition is former Linden High point guard Desmond Wade, who is transferring after two seasons at the University of Houston. Does Rutgers have interest? And who else is recruiting the 5-foot-8 former New Jersey all-state performer?

Rutgers is deciding whether it will recruit former Linden High all-state point guard Desmond Wade, who is transferring from the University of Houston, with a decision possible later this week.

The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Wade will finish up finals this week in Houston before traveling home to speak with his family and advisors about his next step in the transfer process.

In the meantime, Linden coach Phil Colicchio spoke to new Rutgers coach Mike Rice about the possibility of Wade transferring to the Scarlet Knights.

"I've talked to Mike so now the ball is in his court,'' Colicchio said. "Mike has a lot on his plate. He's trying to hire a staff, he's trying to recruit. He has a lot going on.''

Colicchio added Wade was transferring, in part, because of he wants to closer to home, and because a family member is "a little sick right now."

After Wade finishes his school work later this week, visits to interested schools will be set up. LaSalle, Fairfield, Niagara, Boston College, Wagner and Monmouth are some of the schools showing in Wade.

"Everything right now is still wide open,'' Colicchio said. "Give a couple more days and there should be more (known).''

Wade will have to sit out one year under NCAA transfer rules, then would have two years of eligibility remaining.

One of the questions regarding Wade, at his size, is whether he could be effective in the Big East.

"Everybody's questioning his size,'' Colicchio said. "He's gone against the best his whole career, but he's done nothing but win.''

Wade, who started 46 games in two seasons at Houston, averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 assists per game as a sophomore for the Cougars, who finished the season 19-16 after winning the Conference USA tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament.

"He played with (Aubrey) Coleman, who led the country in scoring,'' Colicchio said. "He just wins. He does what he has to do. Some many people are talking about size and he doesn't shoot the ball great. It depends what you want in your point guard. He's an unbelievable defender on the ball.''

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