Former Florida Atlantic talent Nick Rutherford has committed to playing for the Monmouth Hawks, a source told FanRag Sports on Friday. Per NCAA transfer rules, the player will have to sit the upcoming campaign before being eligible for the 2018-19 college basketball season.
Rutherford, a point guard, led the Owls with 4.3 assists per game last season. He also averaged 9.0 points per contest by the time it was all said and done. The 6-foot-2 then-sophomore finished the season shooting 35 percent from the floor and 26.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Many of his counting-stat numbers were up from a solid freshman voyage the season before. In 2015-16, Rutherford averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 assists per game. In his first college season, he shot 36.6 percent from the floor and 28.9 percent from distance.
Earlier in the offseason, FanRag Sports reported that Monmouth would start a two-year series with Kentucky next season. The first game will take place on Dec. 9 in the upcoming season. The following game, taking place during the 2018-19 season, will be held at Rupp Arena.
The Hawks are coming off a splendid 2016-17 season. King Rice led Monmouth to an overall record of 27-7. It was the second straight season in which the team finished with at least 27 victories, as the campaign prior Monmouth won 28 total games.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.