According to a multitude of reports on Sunday afternoon, Rutgers will be adding a new piece to the team’s roster in the form of Quinnipac guard Peter Kiss. He will join the Scarlet Knights after just one season with the Bobcats.
During an underwhelming 10-21 campaign for Quinnipiac last season, Kiss was one of the key pieces for the team, averaging 29.8 minutes, 13.3 points, and 5.6 rebounds per game. He also was an impressive passer with an 18.6 assist rate.
As a recruit, Kiss didn’t get get a ton of attention nationally. He was unranked by 247Sports and was only offered by a handful of schools, highlighted by Fairfield, Fordham, and Stony Brook. Obviously, the Stony Brook offer is significant as current Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell was coaching Stony Brook at the time.
Given that Rutgers has already lost three players to transfer this offseason, the team desperately needed to add some depth and experience to the roster and Kiss should do just that. Unfortunately, Kiss won’t be eligible to play during the 2017-’18 season, but another year to sit and mature could turn him into a viable option down the line.
However, there will be some concerns about Kiss. To start, his efficiency numbers (95.0 offensive rating) weren’t all that great at Quinnipiac. His production for the Bobcats was (at least partially) a byproduct of volume shooting and expecting that to improve against tough competition is a gamble.
Additionally, committing a scholarship to a player that can’t play for a season is always going to be a risk endeavor, especially for a team that needs to continue to improve. Pikiell made a great mark in season one, but he can’t afford a backslide in year two and having an ineligible player certainly won’t help those efforts.
The good news is that Kiss still looks like a player that is good enough to earn minutes at a Power Five level. He’s going to have to improve in the next year, but he should be a nice addition once he can hit the floor.