The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Newark, N.J. native verbally committed to West Virginia Friday, choosing the Mountaineers over UConn and Utah State, among others. He will have two years of eligibility at the Big East school.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of West Virginia and the way Coach [Bob] Huggins runs his program,” Rutledge said by text.
“He likes the head coach,” added Western Texas College coach Jason Sautter. “He likes their style. He likes what they do.”
Rutledge initially committed to St. Joe’s back in 2007 out of Edison (N.J.) Jobs Corps Academy, choosing the Hawks over Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence and Auburn.