Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Mike Rice may have abused his players in practice once they put on a Rutgers uniform but the fired basketball coach actually gave a heads up about the shocking video to one recruit to keep him from being blindsided by the scandalous footage. Shane Rector, a former standout point guard at St. Raymond's in the Bronx, said he was warned about the tape — with its homophobic slurs and basketball projectiles — by Rice himself a few days before the video was released, reports The New York Daily News. "Before the video came out he called me up. He talked to me," said Rector. "He told me there was going to be a video about him online. He wasn’t trying to hide it from me. I still felt comfortable." Rector, who was at a Manhattan health club practicing for Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic regional all-star game at Barclays Center, said Rice's firing swayed him from signing with Rutgers and its uncertain future.  He had verbally committed to Rutgers in January, choosing the Scarlet Knights over Providence, Texas, Xavier, Arkansas and Arizona State. "Once they fired the head coach you don’t really know what’s going to happen - who they’re going to hire, if they’re going to like you or not," said Rector, who attended South Kent (Conn.) following his junior year at St. Ray’s in the Bronx. "So the best decision for me, just so I could have all my bases covered (was to de-commit)." The highly-touted player says he might still head to Piscataway if the school hires a coach that is a good fit for him. And, despite the warning from Rice, Rector was still stunned by what he saw on the video, but didn’t change his mind about going to Rutgers. "I was definitely surprised," Rector said. "I know that Coach Rice is an intense guy. I still like him as a person and I think he’s a good person. I don’t think he meant any harm by it. I don’t think he’s a guy that likes to beat on people. But the video speaks for itself. "If he (Rice) would have stayed I probably would have still went there."

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peterson’s dad: Vikings are trying to inflate RB’s trade value

Joint with Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found at murder scene

Report: Marshawn Lynch agrees to new contract with Seahawks

Marques Colston restructures contract, will remain with Saints

Syracuse loses scholarships, vacates 108 wins, on probation

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bryce Harper on Nationals: ‘People want to see us fail’

Gary Bettman on shootouts: 'Fans like the way the game is'

Indianapolis Colts to part ways with Reggie Wayne

Report: Jets to release Percy Harvin

NFL teams shed Top 5 salaries, eye free agency

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

WATCH: Hawks pregame tribute to Dominique Wilkins

Bucs cheerleaders win $825K in lawsuit with team

Small conference tourneys: a primer for weekend of madness

NFL Draft prospect decapitated a Sports Science dummy

Jeanie Buss says Lakers will celebrate Kobe’s 20th season

Winners and losers in the Brandon Marshall trade

Photo of plane by Giants' Larry Donnell in NY Times

WATCH: Matt Harvey looked fantastic for the Mets on Friday

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great Jordan trash talking story

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Hawks tribute to Nique

Small conference tourneys: this weekend of madness

Winners, losers in Marshall trade

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great MJ story

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall

With Pence out, Giants have options

Analyzing the top-five free agent QBs

NBA players set to make biggest impact

Larry Bird trash talks Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.