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Forward Kadeem Jack announce his tape-delayed commitment to Rutgers Tuesday night.
“I just felt like I should go to Rutgers,” Jack said during an interview with MSG Varsity. “Start from the ground up and maybe 50 years from now people will start saying Kadeem Jack was that guy that helped Rutgers back to glory.”
The 6-foot-9 Jack visited Rutgers unofficially last week with his mother, Louisa Hall.
“Me and my mother had a good time,” he said then by text.
West Virginia, Miami and Arkansas were also in the mix for Jack, the No. 7 power forward in the Class of 2011. He averaged 16.9 points a game last season at Rice High School.
Jack could have committed to college out of Rice last spring, but instead opted to prep at South Kent (Conn.).
Jack will join 6-9 Derrick Randall, his future South Kent teammate, and 6-6 shooting guard Malick Kone in Rutgers’ 2011 class. Kone committed Thursday.
“[Rutgers coach Mike Rice] just seems really passionate about everything that he wants Rutgers to do, so I just felt like I should be a part of that process,” Jack told MSG Varsity.
Jack is in Turkey this week where he will compete with a New York all-star team against youth national teams from other nations.
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