Eddie Jordan took over so late that Junior Etou served as his freshman in the 2013 recruiting class. With a full year and help from assistants the following year, Jordan signed five freshmen in in his second season and three already have key roles.
“They haven’t shown a lot of improvement on the stat sheet, but as you well know they are beginning to understand the physical-ness of the games, the pace of the games, how focused you have to be to execute while under duress,” Jordan said. “They’re learning how to stay focused and be disciplined in what we need to do.”
Williams is fourth on Rutgers (9-6, 1-1) in scoring with 7.9 points per game in 26 minutes. He enters the heart of Big Ten play as a rising impact defender for Jordan.
“All of those things that they’re learning and improving in probably won’t show up in the box score on the stat sheet, but we see improvement in their practice efforts and in their preparation habits,” Jordan said. “[They are] getting on the floor early taking extra shots, staying focused, staying attentive in practice, more talking. That’s where we see improvement.”
The 6-foot-11 freshman from the Netherlands played in all but one of the Scarlet Knights’ games this season as the backup to center Greg Lewis.
Doorson averages 9.2 minutes per game with playing time on the rise.
“Coming out of high school, they didn’t have that sort of constant, daily discipline – lifting weights, watching film, understanding how to break down film,” Jordan said. “All of these things, we see improvement in them. The three freshmen that are playing now have shown a lot of improvement in those areas.”
Rutgers added another freshman this week in guard Justin Goode out of Hargrave Military Academy. Goode enrolled for the spring semester to red-shirt, and practiced with the team for the first time Tuesday afternoon.