The Rutgers basketball program added a close end to its 2022 class recruitment offering.
You read that right.
Antwone Woolfolk, a standout two-man athlete from Ohio who is probably better known for football than hoops, signed up for the Scarlet Knights last Monday. The 6-foot-8,250-pound power forward is the third member of the Rutgers 2022 recruiting class, alongside Lenape High School point guard Derek Simpson and Wing Braeden Moore, a native of California.
Here are three things you should know about Woolfolk, a Brush High School graduate in the Cleveland area.
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1. Boston College and Cincinnati recruited him into football.
A three star tight end known for having good hands actually started their high school football career as a quarterback. The thought with Rutgers is that if he focuses on tires all year round, he has a lot of room to grow on the hardwood.
“He loves basketball; he likes soccer, ”said Chet Mason, Brush High School basketball coach. “He plays football because everyone says he can become a professional. But his love has always been basketball. “
2. He was easily recruited into basketball.
His other offers were Cleveland State and Cal-State Bakersfield, and he is not rated by the Scouting Industrial Complex. New assistant coach TJ Thompson played Pro Ball with Mason at the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association. Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell saw Woolfolk at the Peach Jam that summer and liked his physicality and the way he played against the five Star star Jalen Duren, who is tied up in Memphis, claimed.
“He’s a big, strong kid and hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential,” said Mason. “He’s not clever; he always misses the development part (the basketball offseason) because it is time for football. “
3. Pikiell continues to do it its own way.
He urges his employees to ignore rankings and star ratings and instead trust their eyes and recruit based on suitability. He’ll point to Geo Baker, Ron Harper Jr., Caleb McConnell, and Myles Johnson – the core of the groundbreaking NCAA tournament team last March – as evidence that it works.
Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003. He is an Associated Press Top 25 voter. Contact him at [email protected]