Rutgers Scarlet Knights

by Andrew Force | November 12th, 2007

2006-2007 Record: 10-19 (3-13) T14th
Postseason Games: NA

Returning Statistical Leaders:
12.0 ppgJR Inman
7.3 rpgJR Inman
3.1 apg – Anthony Farmer

Starting Lineup: Key Stat:
C Harmady N’Diaye 6-11” So. 49 blocks (2nd among Big East frosh)
PF JR Inman 6-9” Jr. 7.4 rpg (6th best Big East returnee)
SF Jaron Griffin 6-7” Jr. 28 starts(twice predicted 07-08 total)
SG Courtney Nelson 6-1” Jr. 171 pts (Richmond), 107 for Rutgers
PG Anthony Farmer 6-1” Jr. 4.3 apg in 3 conference wins

Key Player Loss: Adrian Hill. On any given night, the 6’8” Adrian could be seen defending 7’3” Hasheem Thabeet, 300-lb Lorenzo Gordon, or gentle giant Aaron Gray. Like the university nickname, the courageous Hill held his head high fighting with honor.

The Scarlet Knights will miss his heart, but not his height.

Impact Newcomer: Byron Joynes.

New but not brand new, Joynes sat out 2006-2007 with a foot injury. On a team three total forwards on the roster, Joynes’ presence is critical. By all accounts he has returned to form. Not his original college form, of a 310-pound roly-poly. Rather a powerful 265-pound center capable of holding his position in the paint.

Coach Hill expects Joynes to be a physical presence, while offering leadership and experience to the mix.

Tough Question: Do the Knights have Jack’s growing beans? Only one current player, Hamady N’Diaye, could be mistaken for a beanstalk.

Too Much PT: Jaron Griffin.

Other than size, Griffin offers little to the cause. Jaron mainly gets the minutes because he gives the Scarlet Knights a third big body in the starting five.

Coach Hill should start three guards, utilizing the uber-talented Corey Chandler. Even if he does not start, Chandler will play more minutes than Griffin.

Get Him on the Floor: Corey Chandler.

Some recruiting services have Chandler ranked as the 10th best point guard in 2007 class. That is quite a snatch for a team that failed to finish in the top 10 in its conference.

Fred Hill recruited former Villanova Wildcat out of the same high school, Eastside High, before guiding him to All-American status in 2006. Hill claims Chandler is just as good. If Chandler is anywhere near Foye’s level, the Scarlet Knights are going to be thrilled.

Point Guards’ Impact: Anthony Farmer is the backbone of this backcourt. He is not the best shooter, the most talented, or even the best dribbler. Even so Farmer will have the ball in his hands to start each possession. He is reliable with the ball, as evidenced by his 1.4 assist to turnover ratio.

Fred Hill claims the Knights will run more this year. All coaches make this assertion early and take back the comment later. If RU does get up and down the floor, Farmer will have to make quicker decisions. With freshmen Chandler and Mike Coburn, he has better passing options than before.

Expectations: JR Inman. With a better supporting cast in 2007-08, will Inman finally realize his potential?

Final Word: Rutgers still isn’t there yet. They do have a nice compliment of guards. The frontcourt is scary thin.

Fred Hill is a powerful recruiter in a talent-rich part of the country. Give him a few years.

–Andrew Force


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