Two Rutgers’ Freshmen to Sit Out as Partial Qualifiers

Rutgers announced today that freshmen Ibrahima Diallo (Dakar, Senegal) and Ryan Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) will sit out the 2014-15 season, leaving the team with 10 scholarship players as they enter the Big Ten.

Diallo and Johnson will be able to practice and participate in team activities, but will not be permitted to compete in games after being ruled as partial qualifiers by the NCAA.

Diallo and Johnson will retain four years of eligibility, beginning with the 2015-16 season.

“Ibrahima and Ryan have both worked very hard since arriving on campus and have done everything we have asked of them,” said head coach Eddie Jordan. “We will utilize this redshirt season as an opportunity for Ibrahima and Ryan to continually develop, both on and off the floor. We look forward to the contributions they will make during their Rutgers careers.”

Rutgers holds its first official preseason practice this Sunday (Oct. 5). The Scarlet Knights host Baruch College in exhibition action on Nov. 8, before opening their regular season at the RAC versus George Washington on Nov. 16.

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Corey Sanders to Rutgers

Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan and assistant Greg Vetrone made Corey Sanders a priority all summer long.

On Thursday, their hard work paid off when the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Sanders committed to the Scarlet Knights for the Class of 2015.

“I don’t want to go somewhere where I would have to wait,” he told Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey. “I wanted to come to a place where I could work hard and be the guy right away.”

Sanders also likes the idea of playing for former NBA coach Eddie Jordan.

“I’m not only playing in the Big Ten, but with a coach who just coached in the NBA,” he told Carino. “He said I kind of remind him of himself as a player, how I play hard defense and control the team. He played in the NBA, so he knows what it takes. Coach Jordan is going to take good care of me.”

Said Showtime Ballers coach Diana Neal on Thursday: “They were the only school that offered and recruited him the hardest. They are more like a family to him. He also will play right away because they need a point guard. He loked at where he could be a pro as well and felt Eddie Jordan can help him follow his dream. They have been really great and have showed they need him more than just want him. He loved the school as well.” To read more of this story, click here

Shaq Doorson to Rutgers

Shaq is headed to Rutgers.

No, not that Shaq.

Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound center from Holland and the Canarias Basketball Academy, committed to Rutgers, sources confirmed to Jon Rothstein of previously reported the news.

Doorson previously committed to Pittsburgh in November. But the two sides parted ways in January, sources said.

“He’s 6-foot 11, 265 pounds, he’s a big human being,” CBA coach Rob Orellana told then. “He’s only been playing for two and a half years. He’s an unbelievable runner North and South. He has great hands. He’s a hard-worker. He just doesn’t know the game right now, he doesn’t understand the physicality of the game right now. He doesn’t understand the concepts right now. It’s going to take time.

“He has an unbelievably huge body. For a kid his age, he’s chiseled.”

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Former Rutgers Commit Leroy Butts Reopens Recruitment

The on-again, off-again relationship between Leroy Butts and Rutgers is off again.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound 2015 power forward from Clinton (Md.) Christian decommitted but says he’s still considering Rutgers.

“I re-opened my recruitment,” he told by text. “I wanted to see who else was interested in me.”

Butts in November picked Rutgers over Miami, Cincinnati and DePaul, saying “It’s a great fit for me.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Lands 2014 Wing Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson 2As it heads into the Big Ten next season, Rutgers continues to attempt to bolster its roster for what lies ahead.

The Scarlet Knights on Monday landed a commitment from Ryan Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound two-guard from New Hope Christian (N.C.).

After a recent visit, Johnson chose Rutgers over James Madison and UNC-Wilmington. He said Minnesota also offered.

“I picked Rutgers because it’s a great situation for me,” Johnson told by phone. “I think it’s the perfect fit for me. Also, Eddie Jordan is a great coach. I see what he’s trying to do with the program. He’s trying to turn it around.” To read more of this story, click here

Rick Pitino Advises Eddie Jordan to ‘Have a Drink and Get Ready for Next Year’

PitinoRick Pitino has some words of advice for Eddie Jordan.

After Louisville destroyed Rutgers, 92-31, in an American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal game Thursday in Memphis, Pitino said: “I’m not really sure what to say. It’s one of those nights where everything went really well for us and nothing went right for them…

“You go right to the bar, forget the game, have a drink and get ready for next year.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Latest to Offer 2014 Point Guard Matt Farrell

Matt FarrellRutgers is the latest school to offer 2014 Point Pleasant Beach point guard Matt Farrell, head coach Nick Catania confirmed to Saturday.

The news was previously reported by Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press.

Head coach Eddie Jordan offered Farrell after he went off for 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting as Point Pleasant Beach beat CBA, 49-41, for the Shore Conference title at Monmouth University.

Rutgers has four commits for 2014: Quality Education (N.C.) center Ibrahima Diallo, Bishop Loughlin guard Mike Williams, ASA College guard Bishop Daniels and Massanutten Military forward D.J. Foreman. To read more of this story, click here