Three NLIs Already In; More To Come

Myles Mack

ScarletReport.com mentioned on the premium board earlier today binding national letters of intent for men's basketball would come in over a few days, and the first cycle of the Top 10 class came through Wednesday when Myles Mack, Michael Taylor and Greg Lewis all returned their NLIs. Rice gave ScarletReport.com a breakdown of each of the players to sign so far.

All the signed national letters of intent are not expected to make their way through the fax machine inside the men's basketball office at the Rutgers Athletic Center for a few days, but the first three came in Wednesday and began to show binding success in recruiting.

First-year coach Mike Rice is still waiting on four other NLIs, but St. Anthony (Jersey City) point guard Myles Mack, St. Frances (Baltimore) center Greg Lewis and Boys and Girls High (Brooklyn) shooting guard Michael Taylor are signed and delivered.

"We are very excited to welcome Greg, Myles and Mike into the program," Rice said "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."

NCAA rules prohibit Rice from discussing players until a signed NLI is received, and because four of the players are at prep schools away from home, it will take another day or two for the other four to filter in.

However, Scout.com ranks the overall class 10th nationally, and is led by four-star power forward Kadeem Jack, who is now at the Central Jersey Each One Teach One post-graduate school, South Kent (Conn.) School power forward Derrick Randall, Blue Ridge (St. George, Va.) wing Malick Kone and Flora MacDonald Academy (Red Springs, N.C.) point guard Jerome Seagears.

Of the three to sign on the first day, Mack is the most well-known because of his stature on the New Jersey prep scene after transferring to storied St. Anthony after scoring 979 points in three seasons at Paterson Catholic.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Mack is Scout.com's No. 12-rated point guard in the class after averaging 14.8 points and 2.8 steals as a junior at Paterson Catholic.

"Myles Mack is a point guard with tremendous scoring ability, tremendous skill for shooting the ball, has a knack of finishing and finding an open man in the paint," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "For someone his size, he has another chip on his shoulder, but he certainly has that skill and that moxie to help us become successful right away."

The 6 -9, 225-pound Lewis gives Rutgers a much-needed true center.

He is ranked 15th among centers by Scout.com, and averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at St. Frances.

"Greg Lewis may have the most upside among (the class)," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "He has tremendous mobility and versatility for someone his size. He is someone who plays with that edge and that toughness that we're lacking, that probably Rutgers has been lacking in recent years."

Taylor, a 6-3, 195-pound shooting guard, averaged 15.8 points per game while leading Boys and Girls High to its first PSAL title in 31 years.

"Mike Taylor is somebody who can put the ball in the hoop, is someone who comes from a winning program and has played in a lot of big games and made shots in a lot of big games," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "So, he's someone who has a knack for making the big shot and we're going to ask us to provide consistency with shooting the ball from the perimeter, and someone who's done it on a big stage."

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