Rutledge Keeps His Recruiting Options Open's Brian Towey spoke to R.J. Rutledge about his recruiting process ...

Gun shy is not a phrase in R.J. Rutledge's vocabulary. On Saturday, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Northfield Mount Hermon displayed confidence in hitting some big shots down the stretch in a 55-54 win over Notre Dame Prep in the championship game of the Boys Club of New York Holiday Classic at Fordham University in the Bronx.

Rutledge scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer that helped Northfield draw to within 42-41 with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The lanky shooter had teamed with current Northfield mate Tyrone Nash at Lawrence-Woodmere Academy on Long Island during high school, helping lead LWA to the Class A State Federation final as a senior. He opted for a post-graduate year at Northfield for an extra year of development, and the move has been fruitful, according to the Baldwin native.

"It has helped my development," said Rutledge. "I have matured as a player since coming to Northfield. It's been a big adjustment. The competition is better than in high school. You have to play hard every day, bring it every day in practice."

Rutledge is long and rangy, and he is never afraid to tee it up from deep. He has gotten a bit stronger since arriving at Northfield and will need do continue to work on his strength for college. Rutledge has strong bloodlines: his father, Ron Rutledge, was a standout at St. John's.

According to R.J., he has received interest from Manhattan, Howard, Long Island U., Binghamton, and Monmouth.

"Those are basically my top schools," said Rutledge. "L.I.U. has offered, I think. I'm still open."

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