Rutgers' Poole Guarantees Postseason Bid

NEW YORK — The way Mike Poole figures it, if UConn can win a national championship with a large group of freshmen, why can’t Rutgers?

Well, for one thing, UConn had Kemba Walker and the Scarlet Knights have no one remotely resembling the first-round NBA Draft pick.

But that doesn’t stop the 6-foot-5 Poole from dreaming big and guaranteeing a postseason bid for Rutgers during the 2011-12 season.

Rutgers hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991, and last went to the NIT under Gary Waters in 2006. (They were NIT runners-up in 2004.)

“I guarantee Rutgers will be in the postseason,” Poole, a sophomore wing, said Tuesday night after scoring 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in Queensbridge’s 122-93 loss to X-Men in the Nike Pro City league at Baruch College.

With the addition of a heralded recruiting class, led by former St. Anthony point guard Myles Mack, Poole believes the Knights can make a postseason run a year after the team finished 15-17 during Mike Rice’s first year at the helm.

“UConn won the title with seven freshmen,” said Poole. “We have seven freshmen. I don’t see why we can’t do the same thing.”

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26 comments
Kevin Olenick
Kevin Olenick

wow a good way to remember things. 1970s basketball was not even that physical. people play with communication and fight for themselves through the injury.

phenomenal
phenomenal

I'm often accused of being NY-centric and I'm often unapologetic with zero #uck$ given.  I was just talking to my dad about this.... and we've heard many athletes say that winning in NY is like nothing else.  You get showered with love from the ppl for the rest of your life.  Look at Clyde and them.  Look at the Ewing/Starks Knicks and they didn't even win.  For Melo to win in NY..... sheesh.... that'll cause a stupid windfall of additional endorsements for years.

Hopefully these guys get it done.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Now 1969-70 was quite the time. That was my senior year in high school. In addition to the Miracle Mets, Joe Namath's guaranteed victory over the unbeatable Colts, and the Knicks getting title number 1, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and Woodstock was the concert people still talk about. It was an amazing time before people knew drugs and alcohol were bad. The Vietnam War was raging and the draft was sending poor and working class Americans to fight and die halfway around the globe. America was recovering from the assassinations of RFK and MLK. George Wallace carried 5 deep south states in the 1968 Presidential Elections. Riots rocked Newburgh, NY and the high was "liberated" by the Black Panthers.America was undergoing fundamental change.

The Mets after years of futility, finally gave the old NY Giants and Brooklyn Dodger fans a reward for their support. The AFL, was destroyed in the first two "World Championship Games" and the Jets came in heavy underdogs. The Knicks, buoyed by the trade of Bellamy and Komives for DeBusschere, found their Zen, even before Zen was popular. They shared the ball, worked together, and really demonstrated how the whole could exceed the sum of the parts. With Willis Reed injured in game 7, Clyde had the greatest game 7 of any athlete in any sport. He scored 37 points, dished out 19 assists, and grabbed 7 boards while guarding Jerry West, the Logo. 

clyde69
clyde69

Willis Reed was the 8th pick in the second round for the NY Knicks.Jim "Bad News " Barnes was the first round pick.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

86 was close to that title town feeling with the Mets and the Giants.  I was away at College so I missed the NY vibe.  But I was in school in Boston so I was in enemy territory for the World Series.   Bet a Fraternity brother on the series and he had to sing "New York New York"  in the Dining Hall wearing a Mets hat and Jersey.. I would have had to sing "Dirty Water" had the Red Sox won.. thanks Bill Buckner!!


94 was magical with the Knicks and Rangers.   I had Knicks season tickets in the 400 section (i think it was $600 for a 20 game package.) and went to every playoff game.   In addition to going in on the Knicks seats, a friend had Ranger seats as well and I got to go to one of those games /./   They did a few afternoon Rangers playoffs followed by night Knicks playoff game at MSG.  the place was rocking.. The bar in the lobby of MSG (forget the name) was a total scene pre game !   I remember dancing in the streets the night the Rangers won the cup.  Later than summer Messier brought the Stanley Cup to a deli we frequented in Rye (near their training ceter at Playland) ..  They still have that picture if you go to Docks Deli in Rye.




brookdon
brookdon

Marion is the one I like. Only guy there that can fit the triangle as well IMO

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes Beasley seems the only one that could actually be had at the min.

The rest would have to be willing to take paycuts imo.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@MeloStat301  Dude I have a warp sense of humor & I'm hardly judge mental but even an O G like me got nervous for them!

brookdon
brookdon

It really is. You think jeter would be a god like he is now if he played anywhere else with the same stats? Jeter had a whole commercial dedicated to his retirement lol

OLDKNICK3
OLDKNICK3

@Knicks_Fanatic "Now 1969-70 was quite the time. That was my senior year in high school"


Wow you are quite a bit older than me....

runtmc
runtmc

@BiggieTKB That's funny. I was a college freshman in Mass. in the fall of '86. Literally saw a TV tossed out of a third floor window by angry Sox fans a la SCTV. 

zebeto
zebeto

@brookdon  i like Marion to backup melo at the 3 ...while Early gets his wings .

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@verysilentjay Oakafor has to be a minimum player as well..and Blatche is getting like 8 mil from Washington amnesty.. Not sure whether there is an off set but economically he isn't hurting for cash..probably wants the right situation...but playing him too much exposes Blatche

Marion is gone to Cleveland,

greekfreak
greekfreak

@VerySilentJay. I think Blatche can be had for cheap too

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@rico @MeloStat301  Its a prank...lighten up..guys think its funny doing something stupid, and almost got him hurt...they should know better, I thought it was hilarious.

rico
rico

@MeloStat301 @rico there's a lot of stupid in there, I'd say profound stupidity. There's also hate, hubris, classicism, racism and horror.  I just can't find anything "funny" in there or even understand why anyone else does.


It's really disturbing and sad to me

phenomenal
phenomenal

@thatzagoodpoint @brookdon And winning with the Knicks will be a different beast....  although the Nets are kinda in NY, they don't have the actual NY pull (fans) of the Mets from the Yankees, Islanders from Rangers, or Jets from Giants.  The Knicks have a super high share of the city's passionate fans... only passionate Brooklynites, NJ folks, and random transplants who live in Williamsburg or Fort Greene truly root for the Nets.

city might go dumb if melo gets it.