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Wednesday / February 28.
  • Rutgers  head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice announced Wednesday that power forward/center Greg Lewis (Baltimore, Md.), point guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) and shooting guard Mike Taylor (Brooklyn, N.Y.) have signed to compete for the Scarlet Knights. The incoming trio signals the start to the early period, in which recruiting analysts predict RU to sign an incoming class ranked among the top nationally.

    “We are very excited to welcome Greg, Myles and Mike into the program,” said Rice. “Not only are they talented basketball players, they are quality young men who will help us build a foundation for the future. We look forward to a recruiting class that Rutgers and its fans will be proud of.”

    When Steve Lavin took over as the newest St. John’s head coach, he inherited a roster with nine seniors and 10 scholarships to fill.

    Now, on the first day of the early signing period, the fruits of Lavin’s Herculean recruiting efforts are beginning to take shape.

    The Johnnies on Wednesday announced the signings of four of their five early commits — Queens native Maurice Harkless, Ohio forward JaKarr Sampson, Philly guard Nurideen Lindsey and Texas guard D’Angelo Harrison.

    Sir’Dominic Pointer — formerly known as Dominique Pointer —  is expected to be formally announced Thursday.

    Freddie Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from New Haven (Conn.) Hillhouse, is mulling three schools and may sign late.

    “Seton Hall, Fordham and Drexel,” Hillhouse coach Ty Sullivan said Wednesday.

    “We’re narrowing things down right now. We may make it early and we may wait.”

    The early signing period runs Nov. 10-17.

    Asked if Wilson might sign late, Sullivan said, “I couldn’t even tell you. I don’t know where he’s at right now.”

    Former St. Bonaventure commit Elijah Carter will wait until the spring to sign with a school.

    “Yes, I am,” Carter said by text.

    Asked why he would not sign in the fall, Carter said, “So that I can bond more with the coaches I will be around for the next four years.”

    The 6-foot-2 Carter, the No. 22 point guard in the Class of 2011, is still considering Oregon State, Seton Hall, Charlotte, Rhode Island and South Florida, but will now have an entire season at Brewster to mull his options — and perhaps consider other options.

    “Yes, there is a chance new schools can get in,” he said.

    The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 10-17.

    Derrick Wilson, a a 6-foot-1 guard from Anchorage, AK, has verbally committed to Marquette over Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and DePaul.

    “When I went to my official to Marquette I fell in love with  everything about it,” Wilson said by text. “The coaches and players are all great people. I like what they had to offer academically and I feel I can really contribute to the basketball program.”

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