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The Wally Judge transfer to Rutgers is now official.
Judge, a 2009 McDonald’s High School All-America selection who played the past two seasons at Kansas State, has signed the required paperwork to transfer to Rutgers. Judge will practice this season but must sit out per NCAA transfer regulations.
The 6-9, 240-pound Judge who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after his year in residence.
Rutgers coach Mike Rice said the program would explore options to see if Judge might be able to suit up this year, but nothing is guaranteed.
“We are very excited to welcome Wally into our program,” Rice said. “He is a big time athlete who can put the ball on the floor and also shoot it from 15 to 17 feet. Defensively, he has the ability to guard three positions. We are confident Wally will realize his tremendous potential here at RU.”
Judge played in 53 games (17 starts) in two seasons at Kansas State. As a sophomore in 2010-11, he played in 17 contests (11 starts) and averaged 15.2 minutes, 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. As a true freshman in 2009-10, he saw action in 36 contests (six starts) and averaged 11.7 minutes, 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats advanced to the 2010 NCAA Elite Eight and concluded their season ranked No. 7 in both polls with a 29-8 overall record as Judge earned the team’s Ernie Barrett Hustle Award. He saw action in all four NCAA Tournament games, averaging 5.5 points on a team-best 66.7 percent shooting from the field with 5.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.
A 2009 graduate of Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla., Judge was regarded as one of the top power forwards in the country, including the No. 15 overall prospect on the ESPNU100 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 18 in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com. A five star prospect, he was selected as an ESPN/Rise First Team All-American, a Jordan Brand All-American and a Parade Magazine Second Team All-American.
Judge played on the AAU circuit for D.C. Assault. He will join fellow D.C. Assault products and incoming signees Jerome Seagears (Washington, D.C.) and Malick Kone (Guinea, West Africa) on the roster. RU’s incoming class is the highest rated in school history and was most recently ranked No. 10 nationally by Scout, No. 15 by ESPNU and No. 5 by Hoop Scoop.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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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