2010 Hoops Center Visiting Rutgers

New Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice is looking for a big man who can contribute for the 2010 season, and one is on campus on an official visit now. The center already played in college, but because of a little-known rule, he would be eligible to play immediately despite playing for another Division I school last season. ScarletReport.com has the information inside on who is in town.

Rutgers coach Mike Rice needs a big man for the 2010 season, and is hosting one with plenty of experience who will be eligible to play immediately.

Former North Carolina-Wilmington center John Fields is on an official visit to campus this weekend, and in the next week will decide between the Scarlet Knights, Xavier and Miami.

"Who else is looking at me? The only other trip I took was (to Xavier)," the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Fields said. "My decision will come July 1, July 2."

Fields played for UNC-Wilmington last season, he does not have to sit out a year at his new school will be ready to play for the 2010-11 Scarlet Knights because of a clause in the NCAA rules that allows players to transfer and play immediately if they still have eligibility remaining and have already graduated.

Fields graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a year of eligibility remaining.

If he chooses Rutgers, he gives the Scarlet Knights an experienced big man who will be the leading candidate to start at center.

After originally attending East Carolina, Fields transferred to North Carolina-Wilmington after two seasons. He sat out the 2008-09 season, and was the Seahawks' leading scorer and top rebounder last season.

Fields averaged 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds for a team that was 9-22 last season. He also blocked 59 shots in 26 games.

But because he sat out a season because of the transfer from East Carolina, he has a year of eligibility remaining.

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