Foreman Finding Rhythm at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Freshman D.J. Foreman is back near his home after a senior year at military school in Virginia. The Rutgers forward spoke to Scout.com about his first months with the program and goals of being an instant x-factor for coach Eddie Jordan.

The camaraderie at Rutgers is a welcoming experience for freshman forward D.J. Foreman upon enrollment, but not as welcome as the decrease in required pushups since leaving military school.

The pushups are still part of practice, especially after missed free throws, but the Rutgers routine is a welcome change for Foreman.

“Virginia was a great experience for the basketball part,” Foreman said. “I learned a lot from the basketball side, and the military part was a learning experience. Now that I’m back to a regular basketball part, I’m more focused. It’s great being closer to home.”

Foreman made multiple high school stops before finishing his career at Mansanutten Military Academy and committing to Rutgers.

“It helped me a lot,” Foreman said on his time at military school. “If you weren’t managing your time perfectly, you were either in trouble or you were messing up on everything. When you mess up, the whole unit suffers. I learned to work as a group at all times.”

After averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior, the step back as a Rutgers freshman is an adjustment for Foreman.

“I’ve had the most trouble with my plays,” Foreman said. “It’s changed so much from in military school where the plays were more oriented towards you. Now it’s more about being team oriented. It’s kind of an adjustment for me.”

Foreman committed to Rutgers after building strong relationships with head coach Eddie Jordan and assistant Van Macon. The two remain mentors for the aspiring impact freshman.

“Coach Van has been on me since day one,” Foreman said. “He’s there to help when I mess up. When I mess up in practice, I don’t get upset but I really want to get it down. Coach Jordan is walking me through everything, so that’s good. … They’re both real cool. It hasn’t changed from recruiting to now. They’re real cool coaches on and off the court.”

Foreman has another role model from whom to learn in senior Kadeem Jack – a fellow New Yorker.

“I can learn a lot from him,” Foreman said. “The way he approaches everything on and off the court, he keeps a cool head. He doesn’t let anything affect him. He handles the pressure well. All of the upperclassmen – Myles Mack, Kadeem Jack – they’ve been helping me along the way. We all know each other, so it’s a great experience.”

Foreman is unlikely to start with players like Jack and Junior Etou ahead of him at forward. That will not stop the 6-foot-8, 230-pounder from seeking an impact role.

“I think I’m in a position where I can be an x-factor on this team,” Foreman said. “I can be that guy who everyone sleeps on. I can come in and turn a couple of heads.”


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