Rutgers Scarlet Knights News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Basketball Hype Train Already Leaving The Station
We are just now arriving at Memorial Day weekend, but the optimism around the Rutgers men's basketball program is already in full bloom. Next season is the most anticipated in many years and postseason aspirations are warranted. Entering year four of the Steve Pikiell era, the foundation is solid to the point that his pledge upon being hired that he would make Rutgers dance in March seems more of a question of when, not if. Whether that happens next season or not remains to be seen, but the fact is that the national media is taking notice of the program and helping to raise expectations for the program moving forward.
On the Banks: Rutgers Baseball season ends at B1G Champion Indiana
Rutgers Baseball completed their season at Indiana this weekend. Heading into the three game set, the Scarlet Knights controlled their own destiny, sitting in the final qualifying spot for a Big Ten tournament berth. As it turned out, RU would have needed to sweep the series to qualify because Ohio State and Maryland did just that in theirs to sew up the 7th and 8th spots. Instead, the opposite happened to finish off another season of Scarlet Knights baseball.<strong>Thursday: Indiana 7, Rutgers 5</strong>
Rutgers starter Harry Rutkowski surrendered an RBI double to put the Knights in a 2-0 hole in the second inning.
ESPN.com: Kanter: 'After I leave the court, the fight begins'
ONE OF THE first items on Enes Kanter's schedule when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers in February was a meeting with agents from the local FBI office -- just one among many ways Kanter's life is vastly different from any other NBA player's.
Kanter told the agents about the Interpol red notice that lists him as a wanted man and prohibits him from traveling safely outside the United States. He talked about the man he considers a dictator, Turkey's president Reccip Tayyip Erdogan, and Erdogan's near-pathological desire to see Kanter either imprisoned or dead.
On the Banks: Rutgers accepts bid to National Invitational Softball Championships
Despite a disappointing loss in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Rutgers softball team's turnaround season continues. On Sunday night, the Scarlet Knights accepted a bid to play in the National Invitational Softball Championships (NISC). They'll head to the double elimination, Liberty Regional in Lynchburg, Virginia. The teams playing at this regional in addition to Rutgers (28-24) and host Liberty (37-20) are Appalachian State (31-23), George Washington (42-16), Marshall (29-20) and Kent State (27-24). Rutgers will open play against Appalachian State on Thursday, May 16th.
There are four regionals and the winners of each will meet in the Championship round in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 24th-26th.
On the Banks: Why The Proposed Three-Point Rule Change Could Actually Benefit Rutgers Men's Basketball
On Friday, the NCAA announced a proposal that would move the distance of the three-point line from the basket from the current distance of 20 feet, 9 inches to the FIBA distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches. That's a significant move back for the line, just under a foot and a half.
This proposal will be reviewed by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 5 and if approved, the move would go into effect for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Now just one step away (and likely just a formality) from the 3-point line behind moved back to FIBA distance for this coming season.
On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Basketball Makes Several New Offers On Recruiting Trail
The busy offseason for the Rutgers men's basketball program continues. They've lost an assistant coach and director of basketball operations, as Jay Young and Bryan Dougher left for Fairfield. They added an intriguing walk-on in Daniel Lobach, as well as landing one of the most desired graduate transfers on the market in Akwasi Yeboah. The lineup and rotation possibilities are seemingly endless and there is still one more spot to fill on the roster ahead of next season. In addition, there are three open scholarships for the class of 2020. With the April live period now in the rearview mirror, Rutgers has made several offers to recruits in multiple classes in the past week.
On the Banks: A Discussion Of Next Season's Roster For Rutgers Men's Basketball
Anticipation for Rutgers basketball is sky high right now, but the season is still 6 months off. Aaron and Dave were going back and forth about the rotation after Akwasi Yeboah committed and decided to have a little roundtable discussion. Batting back and forth emails, the two discussed the starters, the rotation and the minutes players would earn.
Lots of speculation here, but a fun read nonetheless. Enjoy:
"I play the best and am fair to the rest." Steve Pikiell said that in one of his postgame press conferences early in his Rutgers tenure.
On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Lacrosse Season Ends With 18-6 Loss To No. 1 Penn State
On it's home field at Highpoint.com Stadium on Thursday evening, the Rutgers men's lacrosse team faced its last stand. The fate of the season hung in the balance as the Scarlet Knights took on the top ranked team in the country, Penn State, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Just give days earlier, Rutgers held a one goal lead late in the fourth quarter against the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley, before failing 14-13. Unfortunately, the rematch was a much different story and after the first quarter, it wasn't close at all. The season is over for the Scarlet Knights after suffering an 18-6 defeat to PSU.
On the Banks: Embracing Expectations: 4 Thoughts on Akwasi Yeboah and Rutgers Basketball Moving Forward
Today, Rutgers landed Stony Brook's leading scorer and grad transfer Akwasi Yeboah with one of their two remaining scholarships. Things continue to look up for the Scarlet Knights heading into year 4 of the Steve Pikiell era.
So, of course, I have thoughts:
Yeboah is a Very Nice Piece: You know the story by now, Steve Pikiell recruited and then redshirted Yeboah at Stony Brook. The hybrid wing/power forward then developed into the Seawolves' leading scorer, one who had some of his best games against high major teams.
On the Banks: Stony Brook Grad Transfer Akwasi Yeboah Commits To Rutgers Basketball
Good news came on Thursday, as Stony Brook grad transfer Akwasi Yeboah announced on twitter that he was committing to play for Rutgers next season. Yeboah was listed as the 36th best grad transfer on the market according to Jeff Goodman of the Stadium. Other reported suitors included TCU, SMU, Marquette, and Clemson. Yeboah will play on the banks next season instead.
Committed! Grateful for the opportunity and challenge ahead. Thank God, my family, friends and those who helped along the way. Excited for my next chapter! #GardenStatement pic.twitter.com/kgP3LrN4a0-- Akwasi Yeboah (@akwasi_yeboah15) May 2, 2019
Yeboah was the best player on a Stony Brook team that went 24-9 this past season, averaging 16.
On the Banks: Report: Rutgers Men's Basketball To Play SEC Team In Toronto Next Season
On the first day of May, Rutgers basketball fans clamoring for any news related to the program can thank James Kratch of NJ Advance Media. He is reporting that Rutgers will play "South Carolina at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, Nov. 16 in a regular season game sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame." Kratch obtained the scoop via an OPRA request of the contract and his full report can be read here, which includes specific contract details.
Scheduling scoop! #Rutgers men's hoops is going to the Great White North in November to play an SEC team.
ESPN.com: Assistant: Miller paid 10K per month to Ayton
NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors on Wednesday played a recording to the jury of a phone call intercepted by wiretaps, in which former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson told aspiring agent Christian Dawkins that Wildcats coach Sean Miller was paying star center Deandre Ayton $10,000 per month while he was enrolled there.
Prosecutors played the call, which was intercepted by wiretaps on June 20, 2017, to the jury near the end of its case.
Dawkins and Richardson we're discussing how to recruit Ayton as a client to Dawkins' fledgling sports management company.
While talking about Ayton, Richardson told Dawkins, "Sean's got to get the (expletive) out the way and let us work.
On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Basketball Adds Walk-On Daniel Lobach
While head coach Steve Pikiell has an assistant coach to hire and two open scholarships to fill for next season, he continues to be resourceful in finding help any way he can. On Monday, class of 2019 forward Daniel Lobach announced on twitter that he was joining the program for next season and as first reported by DeAnte Mitchell of Rivals, it will be as a walk-on player.
The 6'7" forward is from Erwin, North Carolina and plays for Moravian Prep, which has several high major scholarship level players on its roster. One in particular, class of 2020 guard Josh Hall, is a player that Pikiell and the staff are actively recruiting.
On the Banks: Knights in the NFL: Wilkins, Cole, Hilliman, Roberts sign as Free Agents
After seeing two of their teammates selected on Saturday in the 6th round of the NFL draft, Saquan Hampton (Saints) and Blessuan Austin (Jets), other Scarlet Knights inked deals as undrafted free agents in the hours following the conclusion of the draft. Additional players can be invited for a tryout at rookie mini camps that can begin May 3 with a shot to join the official roster. NFL teams can carry 90 players on their roster until the days leading up to the season opener September 5th. At that point, they cut down to 53 players.
On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Basketball Recruiting Update: 2019 April Live Period
The offseason is picking up in the college basketball world as recruiting is now in full swing. The late signing period for the 2019 class began last week, coaches now have an open window to contact recruits in future classes and a live evaluation period takes place this weekend. How coaches can recruit will certainly be different this spring and summer, as changes have been made per the Rice Commission's recommendations last year. Let's review before covering some recent activity that Rutgers has had on the recruiting trail.
The April live period has just one evaluation weekend instead of two this year and the July live period has been drastically changed.