Rutgers Among Schools Waiting for Judge-ment

Wally Judge

Former five-star power forward Wally Judge announced he is transferring out of Kansas State, but so far he has not been released to talk to any schools. One of Judge's possible destinations is Rutgers, but what is going on with him? Will he make a quick decision or will it be a drawn out process?

Wally Judge is awaiting release from his scholarship to allow him to speak with suitors about his transfer from Kansas State, and Rutgers is on his list of potential destinations.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Judge has given a preliminary list of schools to Kansas State administrators, and Rutgers is on the list, but he is yet to be released to speak with the Scarlet Knights' staff, according to sources.

However, Judge's former high school coach, Rex Morgan, said he spoke with Wildcats coach Frank Martin, and was told there would be no problem in getting the release.

"I spoke to Frank Martin and he assured me he would do anything Wally wanted," Morgan said. "I don't see it being a problem where he is going to be released to."

Judge, a five-star recruit from Washington, D.C., who prepped at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.), has not listed where he wants to attend.

However, Rutgers and Maryland are among two of the many schools which will vie for his services. He lives close to the Maryland campus, and he has a strong connection with Rutgers because of his relationship with Scarlet Knights assistant coach David Cox. Cox used to work for the D.C. Assault AAU program, where Judge played, and also was an assistant at Georgetown and recruited Judge.

"One of their assistants is an ex-D.C. Assault who recruited him (for Georgetown)," Morgan said. "It makes sense he will look at (Rutgers)."

Rutgers cannot contact Judge until he is released. Therefore, an official visit cannot be set up yet. Judge remains enroll at Kansas State, where he will finish the semester before completing his transfer.

Morgan said he speaks regularly with Judge, and he is advising him to wait until after the semester to make his visits.

"I think right now he's more concerned about making sure his grades are ok," Morgan said. "He's got a 3.0, but he needs to finish his work and then look. I don't see him taking visits or anything until he done with (the semester)."

Judge, who will have to sit out a year and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining, averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 games this season. He averaged 3.3 point and three rebounds per game as a freshman.

He was Scout.com's No.7-rated power forward in the 2009 class, and chose Kansas State over Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and Akron.

"He's looking at what is out there," Morgan said. "Once he made the decision, I encouraged him to see what is out there. Any time this kind of thing happens it is really good for a kid to step back, get in the classroom and do what he has to do there. There is plenty of time for him to get visits in and see schools."

While not divulging what schools piqued Judge's interest, Morgan said "there's a ton of interest for him."

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