Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former Rutgers commit Shane Rector didn’t need more than one visit to pick his next destination.
The 6-foot-1, 176-pound point guard from South Kent (Conn.) verbally pledged to Missouri on Saturday.
“Yeah, I did,” he told SNY.tv by phone. “I felt like it was a good fit for me. The coaches, they explained well how I would fit in and be able to contribute to the team right away.
“I felt like they had a good team. I felt like it was a good fit for me.”
Butler, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall and Western Kentucky also expressed interest in Rector recently.
The news was first reported by Scout.com.
Rector is the second point guard in coach Frank Haith’s 2013 class, joining Wesley Clark, the AAU teammate of Kentucky pledge James Young.
“One of us is going to start, but Coach Haith likes to play two point guards at a time as he has done in the past,” Rector said.
“One of us is going to start. Both of us will be in the game and getting some time.”
Rector, who left St. Raymond’s of The Bronx for South Kent for his senior season, pledged to then-Rutgers coach Mike Rice in January.
He then decommitted earlier this month after Rice was fired, becoming the second former Rice commit to do so. JUCO wing Chris Griffin decommitted and later pledged to Auburn.
He drew interest from a number of schools but is now glad it’s over.
“Yeah, yeah,” he said. “It got a little hectic once I decommitted, getting a lot of calls and all type of stuff. It’s good to have a college again.”
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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 whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.