Thursday, September 2, 2010
Rutgers, St. John's start landing recruits
By Eamonn Brennan
When you're rebuilding, you need recruits. Rutgers and St. John's are both very much programs mired in protracted rebuilds. So it's probably a good thing they're landing recruits.
First, Rutgers. After the losses of Mike Rosario, Greg Echenique and Hamady Ndiaye, new coach Mike Rice has a lot of roster-building to do if he wants the Scarlet Knights to be even remotely competitive in the coming years. Rice was hired too late to truly give the 2010 class a run, but he's making up for it in 2011.
In any case, both schools are still years away from competing with the best of the Big East, and a few local recruits here and there aren't going to change that. But if this becomes a pattern, Rice and Lavin won't just be competing on the floor. They'll be competing for the hearts and minds of New York and New Jersey's high school talent. That's a place both coaches want -- and need -- to be.