Rutgers Basketball Practice Report: Center Shaquille Doorson Injured

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan spoke after today's practice about an injury to sophomore center Shaquille Doorson, two emerging sophomores and the ongoing battles for five open slots in the starting rotation.

The Headline – Rutgers sophomore Shaquille Doorson is out of preseason practice with a foot injury, and may not return until after the season tips off.

Doorson sat out today’s practice, and will not be reevaluated until after the first preseason scrimmage.

“Two weeks more in a cast, we’re going to immobilize him, and we’re going … to give him an MRI again,” said head coach Eddie Jordan. “… It just seemed like from August to a week-and-a-half ago, he was kind of up and down with some soreness, some pain. Some days, he’d be good, some days it would bother him.”

Jordan turned exclusively to senior Greg Lewis and red-shirt freshman Ibrahima Diallo at center in today’s practice with more post opportunities for sophomore D.J. Foreman and junior college transfer DeShawn Freeman.

“Ibrahima had some knee soreness too, but he’s pushing through it,” Jordan said. “He’s been good when he’s into practice most of the time and then there’s times where he’s a little bit disconnected. He’s got to do better with that. He’s got to be connected, focused the whole practice.”

Worth Noting – Rutgers opens its season in three weeks, and Jordan is no closer to a starting five. As many as 10 guys are in competition for starting spots, Jordan said.

Quote of the Day – “Mike gives us everything and more. He defends hard. He runs hard. He listens. He pays attention. He does what we ask him to do. He goes beyond the limit of what we want him to do. He’s confident shooting the ball. He’s making shots. He’s the hardest working man in show business. He’s our James Brown.” – Eddie Jordan on sophomore guard Mike Williams.

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