Rutgers Knows Jack

The Rutgers Scarlett Knights secured a commitment from a much needed front court standout. Kadeem Jack will play for Mike Rice in the fall of 2011.

The drama is over. Kadeem Jack, according to a source close to Rice High School, confirmed to Scout.com that Jack will sign with Rutgers this fall.

Jack, a 6-foot-8 power forward, was ranked No. 43 by Scout.com last year in the Class of 2010. Jack could have attended college this fall and had suitors lining up from Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgetown, North Carolina, St. John's, West Virginia and Miami looking to sign him.

Jack presumed that he wasn't quite ready for college, despite his ranking, and decided a year of seasoning in prep school would be his best track for success. He enrolled at South Kent. Later, Rutgers had a coaching change and Mike Rice made Jack a priority.

St. John's had been in the picture but when it hired longtime Rice head coach Mo Hicks, through a new NCAA rule, was not allowed to pursue Jack.

Rutgers recently added Malick Kone and Derrick Randall. Randall is a member of the Scout.com Top 100 but Jack is the highest-rated prospect to come in under Rice's watch thus far.

The Scarlet Knights are getting a player who only recently – as in the past 12 months – began to make good on his potential. Jack can score in the paint, play above the rim, swat shots and run the floor. He's learning how to become a go-to type of scoring presence.

This was a big score for Rutgers for Rice. Next up for Rutgers is addressing the point guard position. We believe the program will have Top 100 prospects Myles Mack of St. Anthony and Naadir Tharpe of Brewster Academy in later this week. One or both would fit the bill for the Scarlet Knights.

Jack is on a basketball related trip and is out of the country, unavailable for comment. His commitment airs on local television Tuesday night.

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