Seagears: It's a Big Opportunity

Jerome Seagears made his Rutgers return official by signing to re-join the Scarlet Knights Friday afternoon after a brief enrollment at Auburn. An excited and relieved Seagears spoke in-depth with about his decision to "come home" and play for coach Eddie Jordan.

Rutgers basketball welcomed back one of the best from its past in the hiring of Eddie Jordan last April. Now two months into his tenure, Rutgers has the chance to welcome back one of the best from its present.

Transferring out of the program to attend Auburn, junior guard Jerome Seagears saw a mistake made during trying times and decided to return to New Jersey to finish what he started.

"I'm just ready to get back where I belong and get started," Seagears said. "I'm very excited to get back to Rutgers and get better and play for coach Eddie Jordan."

Seagears said he is ready to move forward from tough times he experienced since his first stint at Rutgers and that the relationships built are a big reason for his return.

"I'm looking to finish strong just with everybody still here," Seagears said. "Most definitely, I think we're going to see a good outcome of this. We faced a lot of adversity with everything that went on and I think that it's a big opportunity for all of us with coach Eddie Jordan."

Seagears left for Auburn shortly after Jordan took over as head coach, but that was not a reason for his departure. Looking for change after an ugly end to Mike Rice's Rutgers tenure, Seagears chose to make a clean break.

Unhappy during a short enrollment at Auburn, Seagears chose to rejoin the Scarlet Knights and is excited to work with Jordan. As a Washington D.C., guy, Seagears sees big advantages to playing for the former head coach of the Washington Wizards.

"He's been through it and he knows where I come from and the history of him playing at Rutgers is a great history," Seagears said. "I'm ready to do the same thing when I play for him with the career I'm going to have at Rutgers."

Seagears struggled as a sophomore under Rice and spent much of the season on the bench. Under a new coach and a part of a drastically changed roster, look for the Silver Spring, Md., guard to be a go-to guy for Jordan in 2013.

"I think it's going to be a great feeling to be back with the guys, Myles Mack, Kadeem Jack, Wally Judge, everybody," Seagears said. "I think everybody's going to play well with us all being older and we can play well in the new league."

Signing Friday, Seagears formally re-enrolls at Rutgers in eight days for the second summer session. He will be eligible for immediate playing time and expects to work out with the rest of the team during the July Jersey Shore Basketball League.

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