Seagears became a source of frustration for the transitioning Scarlet Knight squad with multiple playing time issues since the start of the season. Seagears was held out of practices, while healthy, before being removed from the starting lineup against George Washington in non-conference play.
Jordan kept Seagears out of the starting lineup for the majority of AAC play, sticking with junior Myles Mack and senior J.J. Moore. Jordan tried to send a message to Seagears, and others, about trust when he did not make any substitutions in the final 10 minutes of a loss to Memphis. Seagears did not play the entire second half of the game.
"Jerome has helped us in some games, and he hasn't had the minutes he thinks he deserves in some games," Jordan said on a conference call after the Memphis game. "It's just going to be my call. Are we going to stay big? Are we going to be able to be small in the backcourt? There are some things that we all have to get better at. It's going to be my call as far as who is playing the right way that particular game."
Seagears was one of a large number to leave the program last year, making the decision to transfer to Auburn during the Mike Rice firestorm. Seagears enrolled at Auburn, but received his release to return to Rutgers after the hire of Jordan.
The Seagears departure leaves a scholarship opening for next season. Rutgers initially aimed to fill the spot with Point Pleasant (N.J.) Beach guard Matt Farrell, but he opted for Notre Dame. Jordan and his staff is now in the process of exploring other options, including New York Christ the King center Adonis De La Rosa, who decides in three weeks.