Jordan Breaks Down First Recruiting Class

Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan made an early splash in the recruiting game by signing three 2014 commits this week as a part of the early signing period. Welcoming guard Bishop Daniels, guard Mike Williams and forward D.J. Foreman, Jordan discussed his three new additions with

Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan got a late start on recruiting the 2014 class after taking over April 23. So when he began the evaluation process, he was shocked at some of the talent still available.

Jordan hit the recruiting trail over the summer, and identified Bishop Daniels, Mike Williams and Dwayne Foreman as players that could make an immediate impact in the Big Ten.

Behind the curve, Jordan was happy to see them uncommitted.

"Frankly I was a little bit surprised for Dwayne, D.J., Jordan said. "It was a little bit of a shock that he committed without doing a ton of work on him. We did our due diligence, and made connections. But he came in on his first visit and we talked for an hour or so. He left the room, and came back and said he was committing to Rutgers. It was a huge excitement."

The 6-foot-8 Foreman is in a post-graduate year at Woodstock (Va.) Massanutten Military Academy, but comes from New York and spent time at Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep.

"We've got guys who really have a basketball feel," Jordan said. "… Dwayne is a guy, who really can attack the basket and score. He's not a great shooter, but he knows his way around the basketball court. He's got a lot of good athleticism."

The 6-foot-2 Williams is the "shooter" of the class, expected to come in early and bring a dynamic jump shot. During Jordan's time on the recruiting circuit this summer, Williams jumped out quickly as a dynamic shooter.

"He came in a lot of times, a number of times to visit us," Jordan said. "His parents came, his coach. Every time he came with his parents, his coach, his brother. It was a number of visits, but I watched him play over the summer.

"He was clearly one of the best shooters in all of the AAU circuit and certainly in New York City. But more than that, he's tough. He's very coachable. He plays in one of the toughest Catholic leagues in the country. He's basketball ready."

Daniels will enroll this summer at his third post-high school destination.

Currently the leading scorer for ASA in Brooklyn (20.8 points per game), Daniels signed with Miami out of high school before transferring away from the program.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard gets his second chance at big-time basketball at Rutgers where he has two years of eligibility. Jordan is excited to see what he can do when he joins up.

"He loves to play," Jordan said. "I think he can play both guard positions. He fits into the paint. He's a really exciting basketball player."

Jordan gets the credit for his first recruiting class as the head of a college basketball program, but said none of it would be possible without the work of assistants David Cox, Van Macon and Kyle Triggs.

"They were very instrumental in recruiting those guys," Jordan said. "We couldn't have done anything without those guys doing their work and knowing the connections. They're making all the connections with the families and the mentors and all of these three guys. They're very instrumental in getting these kids."

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