NORMAL - Alex Rubin decided not to wait any longer.
Rubin, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard from Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minn., said Friday he will sign a national letter of intent in the fall to attend Illinois State. He is the first commitment for the 2007 recruiting class.
"Things were starting to get a little hectic, but after I visited ISU a few weeks ago I knew it would be a good fit for me," said Rubin. "I didn't think it would be necessary to wait to commit. I liked the ISU campus and the community.
"I liked the way the basketball players were treated in the community and I think it's an up-and-coming program. I was impressed with the coaches and what they are trying to accomplish. I want to help them win a conference championship and get to the NCAA Tournament."
Rubin, who was offered a scholarship from Northern Iowa, also considered Ivy League schools Penn and Cornell.
"Rubin is a very intelligent young man," said his coach, Greg Miller. "He's gotten a lot of good advice along the way. They all felt ISU was a good fit for him."
The 175-pound Rubin was an all-conference performer last season as a sophomore, averaging 12 points and five assists. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range.
"We play in the best conference in the state," said Miller, whose school has an enrollment of 2,200 and plays in the large-school division. "He's a very good defensive player and a true point guard. He's a good decision-maker."
Rubin is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 assists this season. His team has a 5-5 record.
"I like to get my teammates the ball first," said Rubin, whose home is in a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul and an eight-hour drive from the ISU campus. "I look for my teammates to succeed first."
NCAA rules prohibit ISU coach Porter Moser from commenting on recruits until he receives a signed national letter of intent.