Rutgers' Recruiting Class Looks to Promising Future

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The 2014-15 season figured to be an exciting time for Rutgers basketball, as the team was set to play its first season in the Big Ten.  That promising future became cloudy after the scandal involving former head coach Mike Rice broke earlier this year.  Rice had been taped screaming offensive language towards his players, throwing basketballs at some of them.  Rice was fired in April, followed closely by the dismissal of the school’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti.  


It was amidst this tumult and expectation that former NBA head coach and Rutgers standout Eddie Jordan took over.  Jordan and his staff had to deal with the public relations nightmare that the Rice scandal had created, as well as prepare his team for a move to another major conference.  The team’s coaching staff has looked up to the task to this point, having landed a solid three-man recruiting class considering the team’s difficult position. 


The highest ranked player in the class is 6’9 forward D.J. Foreman, out of Spring Valley, N.Y.  Foreman was recruited by a number of big-name schools, including Pittsburgh and USC, but he chose to stay close to home with Rutgers.  Foreman’s high school, the Masanutten Military Academy, had a nationally ranked team and played against some prestigious competition last year.  He’ll look to take Rutgers to the same heights that his prep team reached at times last year.


Mike Williams is another local product coming to Rutgers as a combo guard out of Brooklyn’s Bishop Loughlin High.  At 6’2 he has valuable skills at both sides of the court and was the second-highest rated recruit out of New York City high schools this year.  Williams was also recruited heavily by St. John’s and has impressed in national camps he has been invited to, so coach Jordan is hoping he found a steal of a recruit in him.  


Guard Bishop Daniels rounds out the 2014 recruiting class as a junior college transfer out of ASA College.  Daniels played sparingly for a talented Miami Hurricanes team last year, averaging only about 17 minutes a game in just three games.  He’ll be looking to get a new start to his college career in New Brunswick.  


Rutgers basketball looked to be in turmoil after the Mike Rice scandal, after they had to find new leadership, new players to replace those that had left, and prepare for the move to a new conference.  After hiring a big name in Eddie Jordan, the team got a three-man class that exceeded their likely modest expectations.  While it remains to be seen how they’ll compete in the Big Ten, the team has a solid base to build off of that they didn’t have just eight months ago.