2010 Center Back From Rutgers Visit

A 6-foot-9 center with plenty of college experience was on campus the last few days for a visit, and brings the added bonus of being eligible for the 2010-11 season. He talked to ScarletReport.com about his visit, and how he sees himself fitting in at Rutgers.

Each time John Fields talked about his looming decision of where to play his final year of college basketball, the former North Carolina-Wilmington center came back to one ultra-important fact:

Rutgers offer the 6-foot-9 Fields the most playing time of the three schools – Rutgers, Xavier and Miami – he is considering.

"Out of everybody recruiting me, Rutgers has the most around of time for me to play immediately," said Fields, who finished an official visit to Rutgers on Saturday. "I could come in and play from Day One, and play an important part. That's very attractive. That's a lot going into my decision."

And for Fields, playing time is everything.

He graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in communications. Since he has a year of eligibility remaining and already earned his bachelor's degree, he can transfer to any school and not have to sit out a year.

It means despite averaging 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, and blocking 2.3 shots per game last season, he can play the upcoming season.

"I don't have a leader right now, but the visit at Rutgers went real well," Fields said. "I'm excited I can visit these places. Me and my family will look at the information. I love the opportunity to play right away there.

"Austin Johnson plays center a little bit, and Gilvydas Biruta can play inside, too, a little bit, and I could fit into their rotation.''

Fields already visited Xavier and plans to visit Miami this week. He is hoping to make a decision shortly thereafter.

During his trip to Rutgers, he toured the campus, got an up-close look at the facilities and also met with some of the administrators.

"I met all the people that if I go there would be in my life," Fields said. "I'm a down south kid, and what impressed me was the massive size of Rutgers, and the power Rutgers has in the community, and just the great school spirit they have. They were saying I go there and we have a good basketball team, what kind of support we would have."


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