Turn of Events: Mack Looking Hard At Rutgers

St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star point guard Myles Mack said in the spring he had very little interest in Rutgers, but that has changed markedly since the arrival of new coach Mike Rice. Mack said the Scarlet Knights are a strong contender, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, and what changed regarding Rutgers.

St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star point guard Myles Mack will cut his list of suitors to a top five or six in the coming week, and he said Rutgers has come a long way in his recruitment and could make the list.

It is a potentially very good rally for new Scarlet Knights coach Mike Rice considering a few months ago the 5-foot-9, 155-pound Mack told ScarletReport.com he was not looking at Rutgers.

Now, when asked how much Mack likes the Scarlet Knights, he responded, "A lot. I like the coaching staff and one of my (AAU team) Playaz teammates committed there. … The interest is higher than it was before."

Mack was speaking about South Kent (Conn.) power forward Derrick Randall, who has taken it upon himself to recruit Mack and South Kent forward Kadeem Jack.

"I talk to (Randall) a lot," said Mack, Scout.com's No. 11 point guard in the 2011 class. "We're very close. I talk to him every day."

Mack said his change in mentality toward Rutgers came after discussion with several people who urged him to give Rice and his staff an opportunity to sell their vision of rebuilding the program.

"Somebody talked to me about the new coaching staff," Mack said. "Now, I know them very well, (assistant) coach David Cox and coach Rice."

Mack plans to trim his list in the next few days, and it hoping to make a decision next month. He has been to Rutgers and received the tour of the campus and the academic presentation. His plans are to visit a few other schools as well

"Miami and Cincinnati and DePaul are schools I'm going to visit," Mack said. "I'm not sure what day I'll be there."

Mack is also considering St. John's, Massachusetts, Seton Hall, Fordham, West Virginia, Virginia, UCLA and Marquette.

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