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One Knight’s Quest

by Andrew Force | December 27th, 2007

Rutgers boss Fred Hill raved about incoming freshman Corey Chandler all off-season. After watching Chandler it appears his visions of grandeur hold water. The 6’2″ guard has that coveted ability to create his own shot at any point in the game. Coupling courage and skill, Chandler fills it up outside the arc, from the midrange, and in the paint.

Rutgers University has been a mediocre Big East performer in the last decade. During that run of ineptitude RU always managed to have a star. One player strides ahead of his cohorts in talent.

In the last ten years, Jersey has seen the Billet brothers (Geoff and Todd), Dahntay Jones, and the unguardable Quincy Douby.

Chandler might be the next squire to truly earn the title of Scarlet Knight.

Hill hopes he can put more talent around his star than his predecessors were able to do. Bob Wenzel, Kevin Bannon, nor Gary Waters reached even money (.500) in the Big East.

As a point of fact, Rutgers has never finished above water in its newest conference home. The Knights left the Atlantic 10 nearly 11 years ago and apparently left their competitive juices behind.

With his first two recruiting classes, Hill has amassed a slight upgrade in average talent level. The Big East hauls in Top 50 players without a hiccup. Can he cash in on the massive exposure the conference gets from ESPN? Almost every conference game is on national television.

You think that attracted 4-star Mike Rosario (c/o 2008) to the RAC?

The off-guard learned under incomparable Bob Hurley, Sr. where defensive commitment determines playing time. Rosario’s game will not usurp Chandler, but will certainly remind Rutgers’ fans Hill is not a one trick pony.

The new Knight coaches have been quietly hoarding Tri-State talent. How soon will tales of their conquests get out?

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