Shane Rector has committed to Utah State, according to a report from JucoJunction.com.
Rector was a three-star recruit and a borderline top 100 prospect in the Class of 2013, when he was a high school senior. The point guard ended up at Missouri, but he played just 23 games as a freshman before transferring out of the program. Rector wound up at Miami Dade College, spending a year in the Junior College ranks.
Rector will be a nice addition for the Aggies, who return essentially everyone from their rotation from a season ago.
Utah State will have plenty of back court depth, as Rector will join a perimeter attack that already includes juniors Chris Smith and Darion Perkins, sophomore JoJo McGlaston and freshman Julion Pearre.
After playing an average of just 4.4 minutes per game as a freshman, point guard Shane Rector made the decision to leave the Missouri basketball program. A product of St. Raymond’s HS in the Bronx, Rector’s chances of earning more playing time under new head coach Kim Anderson didn’t look too promising with the addition of Hawaii transfer Keith Shamburger and the return of fellow rising sophomore Wes Clark.
However now that the decision to find a new school has been made, Rector’s begun the process and according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com four schools stand out in the eyes of the point guard. Those schools: Boston College, Drexel, La Salle and St. John’s. Rector said the following to Zagoria regarding those four programs:
“Those are the four I’m considering right now,” he said. “I’m still open to new stuff, though.”
Obviously based upon that quote the four schools mentioned above shouldn’t be considered the “finalists” for Rector, with the player himself noting that he’d be open to conversations with other schools. But clearly they stand out at present time, and each team could use Rector with an eye towards the 2015-16 season as he’d likely have to sit out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.
Boston College returns Olivier Hanlan this season after he considered entering the 2014 NBA Draft, so there’s obviously the need to prepare for the possibility of Hanlan moving on to the next level after his junior campaign. As for Drexel the Dragons lost both Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat from the 2013-14 team, leaving Tavon Allen and Damion Lee (who missed all of last season with a torn ACL) as their best perimeter options.
La Salle also lost key contributors on the perimeter at the end of the 2013-14 season with Tyreek Duren, Tyrone Garland and Sam Mills all out of eligibility. But the Explorers add some key transfers to the rotation, including Jordan Price (Auburn) and Cleon Roberts (Georgia Southern). And St. John’s has three seniors in its expected perimeter rotation, including D’Angelo Harrison, so the Red Storm will have some holes to fill as well.
Missouri freshman point guard Shane Rector is leaving the program the school announced on Friday afternoon.
Rector, the Bronx native, averaged 0.5 points in only 4.6 minutes per game.
“I appreciate Coach [Kim] Anderson and the administration at Missouri for supporting me as I look for a new opportunity,” Rector said in a statement issued by the school. “This was a difficult decision because I have made some great friends during my time here. Mizzou is a great University with great people. This was just a personal decision that my family and I felt was in my best interest.”
Rector was originally a Rutgers commit, but reopened his recruitment in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal. Less than two weeks later, he was bound for Mizzou, becoming the last recruit in a five-man class that already had four-star point guard Wes Clark.
Rated as a three-star floor general by Rivals, Rector also held offers from 14 other schools ranging from nearby mid-majors to programs in the ACC, Big East and SEC.
Rector’s transfer comes on the same day that Namon Wright, a four-star shooting guard, recommitted to Missouri. Rector will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.