Analysis: Telep on RU's Latest Hoops Commits

New Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice made a quick splash when received commitments from guards Mike Poole and Tyree Graham in the weeks following his appointment as Fred Hill's successor. Now, national recruiting director Dave Telep breaks down what the Scarlet Knights are getting in each player. Telep gives his analysis on each player.

Earlier this month Rutgers landed a pair of basketball commitments in 6-foot-6 Mike Poole of St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) and junior college transfer Tyree Graham, a 6-1 guard from Brunswick Community College (Supply, N.C.).'s basketball national recruiting director Dave Telep took time to breakdown what Rutgers is getting in each player:

Mike Poole What is his best position? And why?
Telep: He's a wing. Depending on the personnel he'll play some SF and some SG. I think at day's end he likes to score and as a senior began to assert himself in that area. What are Poole's weaknesses?
Telep: Continuing to get stronger, being ball strong and improving his handle going to the rim are keys. Why was he available so late in the process?
Telep: Usually when a guy of his offensive ability who played at a high profile place like for the Grey Bees, there's some academic issues and there was a question as to whether or not he'd qualify that seemed to surface all year in regards to him.
Plus, I'm sure Poole was waiting for a chance to play at this level and it just so happens that it was Rutgers who afforded him that opportunity not to mention (coach) Mike's (Rice) ties to the state and program which he was recruited out of.

Tyree Graham Is he a pure scorer? Can he play the point?
Telep: Graham is a guy's who's DNA is that of a scorer. If he's got any point in him it'll be of the scorer's variety. Since his days in Durham, Tyree has always been known as a guy who put it in the bucket. I'd describe him as a lead guard. What are his strengths?
Telep: Getting to the rim. He can do that and he's sneaky athletic. I've seen him go on runs from the perimeter. What are his weaknesses?
Telep: Overall it would have to be his decision making and perimeter consistency. Should there be concern about him transferring from Texas Tech and de-committing from UAB?
Telep: Sure, but Tyree knows that this is the final chance for him. Having known him the better part of five years, I can tell you that it's never been about talent for Tyree. He has plenty of talent. He's always had folks tugging in his ear and he's listened too many times.
(Rutgers coach) Mike Rice has given him a unique chance at the high major level to be a part of rebuilding a team and play a role as a scorer. I am quite sure that Tyree understands this is it for him.
He's had a history of transfers and college switches and Mike Rice needs to be able to count on him. This is a case that he can use the stability and off-the-court and on-court development that Mike and his staff can provide. With Mike Rosario gone, can Graham take his place as a scorer? Why?
Telep: The goal is not to replace Mike Rosario. At this stage in the recruiting game, that's not feasible. One would think the goal is to get all of the signees to a point where they understand the short- and long-term goals of a new head coach.
For Tyree, that means he's going to be counted on to get buckets. He'll have help with Poole. I think getting two guys this offensively talented this late was about the best situation Coach Rice could hope for.

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