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After meeting Thursday morning with Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti, Gilvydas Biruta has decided to remain committed to Rutgers.
“I am definitely coming to Rutgers,” Biruta told Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey after the story was first reported here. “I’m excited to see who the new coach is.”
“He’s staying at RU,” St. Benedict’s Prep headmaster Father Edwin Leahy added by text.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from St. Benedict’s Prep had initially asked to be released from his Letter of Intent.
He went so far as to list the schools he was considering going to.
“Seton Hall, Maryland, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, these are the schools,” he said last Saturday night at the Jordan Brand Regional Game.
NCAA rules prohibit players from signing two National Letters of Intent in one year, so Biruta would had to either sign a financial aid agreement with his second school or get his Rutgers NLI declared “null and void.”
Instead, it appears Biruta will remain with guard 6-3 Austin Carroll in Rutgers’ 2010 recruiting class.
Rutgers parted ways with former coach Fred Hill Monday night and is currently searching for a replacement. Darren Savino is the interim head coach.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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