PG Mack Talks Rutgers Commitment

Rutgers' run of high-level basketball commitments continued Wednesday when one of the best point guards in New Jersey gave a non-binding pledge to join the 2011 class. Four-star point guard Myles Mack of St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) gave Scarlet Knights coach Mike Rice another high-profile player for the 2011 class, joining four-star power forwards Derrick Randall and Kadeem Jack.

The recruiting run for Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice continued Wednesday when St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star point guard Myles Mack became the latest high-profile player to commit to the Scarlet Knights.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Mack said committed to the Scarlet Knights this morning. He is the 11th-rated point guard in's 2011 class, and the fourth member Rutgers' class.

"It came down to Rutgers because they're close to home and I get to stay with my family and my friends, and everyone that supported me my whole life," Mack said. "It also came down to the coaches. The coaching staff is great for me. (Assistant) coach (David) Cox was recruiting me since he was at Georgetown, and he followed me from Georgetown to Rutgers. That was another reason why."

It is quite the turnaround for Mack, who in the spring said he wasn't considering Rutgers.

So, what changed?

"Just the bond that we built, me and coach Rice, and coach Cox," Mack said. "It was a great bond. That's why I committed there."

It is another huge get for Rice, who landed four-star power forward Kadeem Jack of South Kent (Conn.) earlier in the week and received a commitment from Derrick Randall of South Kent last month. Blue Ridge School (Dyke, Va.) forward Malick Kone committed to Rutgers last week.

All can sign binding national lettters of intent in November.

"That influenced me because it shows a lot of kids are staying close to home," Mack said. "Kadeem and Derrick are not too far fromNew Jersey. They're from New York. Staying close to home is what I'm liking now."

The commitment also brings together a trio of players who are close friends and were all teammates on the Playaz AAU basketball team. In fact, when Randall committed to Rutgers a month ago, he said his main mission was to get Jack and Mack to join him.

"I want to get Myles Mack to join me," Randall said the day he committed. "He's my right-hand man. He said he was trying to keep his options open, but I'll try to convince him to go. "I'm also going to talk to Kadeem and get him to join us."

Randall said playing the role of helping form the class is something that fits his personality. "I like doing stuff and having people follow," Randall said. "I like being the leader. I'm just telling them that, ‘Hey, we could be the beginning of something great.' "

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