MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The one reason West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins likes forward Dominique Rutledge is because of the way he moves.
If there's one thing Rutledge knows quite well, it's moving.
WVU is his sixth school in the past six years, and though he hasn't settled in and averages 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game, Huggins says Rutledge can help.
"This is hard for Dom," the WVU coach said. "Dom didn't really play in high school and he took the scenic route here to junior college in Kansas, Miami and Western Texas. He doesn't have the background the other guys have, but he gives us a shot of athleticism."
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Rutledge is from Newark, N.J., where former WVU forward Da'Sean Butler first heard of Rutledge. Butler played at WVU from 2006-10. He and Rutledge graduated from their high schools in 2006.
Rutledge, who turned 23 last month, didn't start playing organized basketball until his junior year of high school at the city's Malcolm X Shabazz High.
"I was pretty good," he said. "I think I would have been a lot further ahead if I started earlier. I learned a lot in the brief time I was playing, but I knew guys who were getting recruited in the seventh and eighth grade. That was what I wanted to do, but I only made the decision in my junior year."
His potential was impossible to miss.
He said he had scholarship offers from smaller schools and smaller conferences and things started to pick up late in the recruiting cycle before coming to an abrupt end.
"I didn't qualify, so I went to prep school for two years," Rutledge said.
He played at New Jersey's Edinson Job Corps Academy and averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Rutledge graduated in 2008 with some scholarship offers, including one from Marquette.
Grades were again an issue and he instead headed to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he averaged 8.9 points and 7.3 boards in the 2008-09 season.
The school changed coaches in the offseason and Rutledge was on the move again, this time to Miami Dade Junior College.
He was averaging 11.6 points and 8.5 boards and generating a good amount of attention before he broke his wrist early and ended up missing the rest of the season.
The next offseason brought the move to Western Texas Community College in 2010.