It's All About The "Love"

One of the top athletic forwards in the 2005 class discussed his decision to go to Rutgers

In the end, it was all about "the love" for Gerald "J.R." Inman from Montvale (NJ) St. Joseph's High School. Rutgers got the recruiting process going with the young 6-8, 195-pound forward at an early age, and it all paid off as head coach Gary Waters and the Scarlet Knights have received a verbal commitment from Inman.

"It all started my sophomore year," said Inman. "The coaches got in contact with me and they really started recruiting me early. They really showed me a lot of love - they showed me the most love."

But "the love" isn't the only thing that Inman appreciated about Rutgers. There are plenty of things he likes about the school, including the campus - most importantly where it physically is, something that played a big role in Inman's decision. "Location-wise, it's just one-and-a-half hours away from my house, so my parents can easily come and watch my home games," he said.

Inman originally planned on making a decision in the July timeframe. He always knew he wanted to stay close to home, but it was a recent trip away from home really brought that factor to the forefront.

"What really changed my decision-making was when I headed to the Tournament of Champions, which was held on the campuses of North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Duke," said Inman. "NC State was one of the schools where I was considering, but once I went there (on an unofficial visit) I realized it was too far and I didn't want to travel too far. So at that point, I thought why wait until July."

While Rutgers hasn't had the most success on the national stage, especially since it's joined the Big East, this isn't necessarily of concern to Inman. He's sold on the bright future ahead, starting with last year's jaunt to the post-season NIT finals.

"Beginning with last year's class with Quincy Douby and Marquis Webb, they had a top recruiting class and my class will be a top recruiting class as well," said Inman. "Coach Waters has laid a good foundation to raise Rutgers back up. His plan is to win the Big East my freshman year, and then my sophomore year, to make it to the Final Four."

Inman noted that he is working on his strength, his inside post moves, and his jumper off-the-dribble in preparation to help Waters and Rutgers reach their goals the next few seasons. In the meantime, he's been competing hard for his Playaz AAU team. They head into action this weekend at the Rose City Showcase in Portland, Oregon.

"It's been going pretty good," said Inman. "We've had a slow start, but we're starting to mesh well as a team."

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