Sanders headlines the offseason additions for Jordan, who has a roster filled with his own players for the first time at Rutgers. As much talent as the 6-foot-2 guard brings, the right personality in the locker room could be the key.
“He brings this great effervescent personality,” Jordan said. “I love all of my players, but he brings this personality that’s refreshing. He’s a pass-first, defensive-minded guard. That makes everybody else happy. His personality will do a lot for us.”
Expectations sit high for Sanders, who could be an immediate starter at point guard, and that is exactly where they should be.
“I’m definitely not worried about that,” Jordan said. “He wants expectations to be high. I’ll tell you what, he wants it. He’s not going to shy away.”
Sanders and junior college All-American DeShawn Freeman highlight Jordan’s 2015 recruiting class. Summers sessions began yesterday at Rutgers, but the majority of newcomers – including Sanders, Freeman and graduate transfer Omari Grier – arrive in June.
“It’s really exciting,” Jordan said. “Now it’s about chemistry. We have good players, very good players, athletes. We have good guys. Shaq [Doorson] and Ibrahima [Diallo] are big guys with their feet wet. Now let’s get together and do things as a team. That’s what I’m excited about. Let’s play together.”
Rutgers returns just 58 percent of its scholarship roster from last season. With so many new faces, look for the Rutgers style to change drastically from the Mack and Kadeem Jack look.
“It’s good to have the summer workouts,” Jordan said on upcoming changes. “It’s up to the staff to integrate a way of playing that is a change from last year. We think that’s going to help. The way we’re going to play helps our smalls and our bigs. Our bigs have more play-making responsibilities and our smalls will have more room to operate.”