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Rutgers head coach Mike Rice announced Thursday that forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), power forward/center Derrick Randall (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and guard Jerome Seagears (Baltimore, Md.) have signed to compete for the Scarlet Knights.
The trio joins power forward/center Greg Lewis (Baltimore, Md.), point guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) and shooting guard Mike Taylor (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who were announced as signees on Wednesday. Recruiting analysts predict RU to welcome an incoming recruiting class ranked among the top 10 nationally.
“We are very excited to add Kadeem, Derrick and Jerome to our incoming class,” said Rice. “The program is fortunate to sign such gifted young men. We are confident that this class has the talent, skill and desire to impact the future of Rutgers basketball in an extremely positive way.”
KADEEM JACKForward 6-9, 210CJEOTO Academy Queens, N.Y.
Rivals.com four star recruit and Rivals 150 member ranked as the No. 33 overall prospect and No. 7 power forward nationally … A four star-rated prospect by both ESPN.com and Scout.com … A NYSSWA First Team All-State and New York Daily NewsAll-City selection after averaging 16.5 points-per-game in 2009-10 at Rice HS under head coach Maurice Hicks … A 2010 graduate of Rice, one of the city’s more storied programs that also produced past stars such as Felipe Lopez, Andre Barrett and Kemba Walker, among others … Competed internationally this past summer in Turkey for the New York City Nike All-Star team … Selected as MVP of the Hoop Group Elite Camp All-Star Game … Currently plays for CJEOTOA Academy in New Jersey under head coach Ian Turnbull … Competes on the AAU circuit for the New York Gauchos.
Rice on Jack: “Kadeem is an elite athlete with unlimited potential. He is still developing an offensive package, but his athleticism and versatility make him a cornerstone for the future.”
DERRICK RANDALLForward/Center 6-8, 220South Kent School Brooklyn, N.Y.
Rivals 150 member ranked as the No. 139 overall prospect and No. 16 center nationally … ESPN four star recruit rated as the No. 20 center prospect nationally … Scout.com four star recruit rated as the No. 21 power forward prospect nationally … Averaged 10 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a junior at Paterson Catholic under head coach Damon Wright in 2009-10 … The team won its first 28 games, captured the City of Palms (Fla.) Christmas Tournament title and climbed as high as No. 3 in the national polls … Scored a team-high 20 points for the New York City all stars in a 73-56 win over United China at the World Basketball Festival in his first-ever game at Rucker Park … Competed internationally this past summer in Turkey for the New York City Nike All-Star team … Competed at the 2010 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp … Currently attends the South Kent (Conn.) School, playing under head coach Kelvin Jefferson … Competes on the AAU circuit for the New Jersey Playaz.
Rice on Randall: “Derrick is the one who started this class off for us. He will bring an added physical presence and toughness to our program. Derrick has made a name for himself by being a tremendous rebounder and defender, which will help us be successful in the years to come.”
JEROME SEAGEARSGuard 6-1, 175Flora MacDonald Academy (N.C.) Baltimore, Md.
Rivals.com four star recruit and Rivals 150 member ranked as the No. 99 overall prospect and No. 21 point guard nationally … Scout.com four star recruit rated as the No. 18 point guard prospect nationally … Rated by ESPN.com as the No. 24 point guard prospect nationally … Averaged 18 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in 2009-10 at Flora MacDonald Academy in Red Springs, N.C., under head coach Derrick Bond … A PANGOS All-America Camp top 20 all-star selection in summer 2010 … Was First Team All-Gazette, First Team All-Montgomery County Extra and first team all-league as a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS in 2008-09 … Competes on the AAU circuit for D.C. Assault.
Rice on Seagears: “Jerome is a dynamic point guard prospect, who possesses a unique combination of strength, athleticism and playmaking abilities. He will flourish in our motion style half court offense, as well as potentially becoming one of the conference’s best perimeter defenders.”
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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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