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Here are 5 things to know about Peter Kiss, who starred at Quinnipiac as a freshman. ‘A lot of passion and fire.’
After losing three transfers, Rutgers basketball needed a shot in the arm. Quinnipiac transfer Peter Kiss delivered it Sunday.
The 6-foot-5 guard announced his commitment to the Scarlet Knights, becoming the third member of Steve Pikiell’s 2017 recruiting class. Assistant coach Jay Young was Rutgers’ lead recruiter for the Manhattan native, who will sit out next season and then have three years of eligibility.
“I’m a dude who plays with a lot of passion and fire,” Kiss told Gannett New Jersey.
Kiss joins combo guard Geo Baker and point guard Souf Mensah in Rutgers 2017 recruiting class. The Scarlet Knights still have two open scholarships. Here are five things to know about their latest addition.
1. He was a unanimous selection to the MAAC All-Rookie team. Kiss averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Bobcats. He shot well from the free-throw line (.742) but not 3-point land (.277). He also posted more turnovers (90) than assists (88). He’s not a point guard, but he does have a strong combination of size and versatility — something that enticed Seton Hall and Auburn, which were his other potential landing spots.
“I can pass, score, play a little bit of the three, do a little bit of everything,” Kiss said. “Defensively they feel like I can fit right in. I can guard the one, two and three also.”
2. He torched Seton Hall in November. When Quinnipiac faced the Hall the AdvoCare Invitational, Kiss racked up 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, hitting all four of his 3-pointers. The Pirates won 90-79 in a game that was closer than the score.
3. He’s a competitor. Nobody runs the 400 meters in high school without having some degree of guts. Kiss ran varsity track in addition to playing hoops (he was a 200-400 guy). And he also played baseball growing up. Multi-sport athletes tend to be the best competitors. It’s also worth noting that Kiss was a relative late-comer to basketball, so he’s raw — but that also means there’s more room for improvement.
4. Three-year transfers are much preferred at this point. In this era of graduate transfers, Pikiell is wary of two-year transfers after Rutgers invested two years in Nigel Johnson and only got one on the court. This is a safer investment. Kiss will be a Scarlet Knight for at least two years, and he should gain something out of sitting out and going up against Corey Sanders and Mike Williams in practice next winter.
“Playing a year in the MAAC and…