Waithe off to Rutgers?

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

The Marvell Waithe sweepstakes is about to end.

While nothing is official and no letter of intent has been signed, it appears Canada's hottest hoopster is headed for the high profile Big East and the emerging Rutgers Scarlet Knights by as early as next Wednesday.

Rutgers isn't the biggest basketball program, but it is on the verge of having one of its products drafted by the NBA in Quincy Douby, who has declared for next month's selection process.

Because Douby hasn't retained an agent, he can withdraw his name, return to school and provide Waithe with a much-needed go-to player to develop and refine his game.

Waithe is bent on playing pro basketball one day and has maintained from the day U.S. schools began courting this 6-foot-8 phenom that he wants to go to a program that will nurture him.

Rutgers entered the picture last week after Waithe made a visit to Duquesne. As soon as Waithe returned to Toronto, he quickly boarded a plane to visit with Rutgers officials.

The spring signing period has a May 17 deadline, a time when letters of intent are binding by both parties.

Rutgers has made Waithe a verbal offer as has Loyola of Chicago, a program that dearly covets Waithe and has already sent the Grade 12 Laurier student a letter of intent.

Waithe will review his options this weekend and is hopeful of signing a letter of intent Wednesday. It appears he is leaning toward Rutgers.

In his final game as a Laurier Blue Devil, Waithe bedeviled the Argonauts in a charity basketball game held at the Scarborough school on Thursday to raise money as part of the team's ongoing anti-bullying campaign.

With the gym packed, the CFL players were able to see first-hand why Waithe has developed into one of Canada's high-level hoopsters.

Virtually every level of U.S. college basketball has contacted Waithe, who made four official visits, including a trip to Cincinnati.

Waithe was the lone Canadian invited to the prestigious Nike Hoops Summit in Memphis, Tenn.


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