Freshman Wing Jonathan Laurent Immediately Competing for Rutgers Basketball

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers freshman wing Jonathan Laurent pushed himself instantly into the conversation for a starting position this season. As Laurent nears his college basketball debut against Rutgers Newark, he spoke 1-on-1 with Scarlet Report about the next-level transition.

Only two players are locked into starting roles with Rutgers basketball tipoff coming soon. Coach Eddie Jordan said last week that captains Bishop Daniels and Greg Lewis project to start, but the other three spots are open to the majority of the roster.

With a spot open on the wing, freshman Jonathan Laurent has his eyes on opportunity.

“You dream about this growing up,” said Laurent, who comes from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips. “You never want to be the person that doesn’t start on your team, so of course everybody is going after each other’s heads in practice but it’s just getting everybody better. Of course everybody wants a starting spot, but in that process, we’re just making each other better.”

Laurent and guard Corey Sanders are the only freshman additions to the roster. That creates plenty of 1-on-1 time with the coaching staff.

“I’m feeling good,” Laurent said. “Coach Jordan helps me through anything, and all of the coaches are willing to help if there’s anything you don’t know or you’re uncomfortable with, they’re willing to show you or tell you what you need to do. It’s getting very comfortable now.”

Like most Florida athletes that choose Rutgers, Laurent is not excited for his first winter in the Garden State.

“I heard it gets really, really cold and that’s not even in Jersey,” he said. “When we start going to Indiana and Minnesota, it gets colder. It’s going to be tough but I hope it’s a lot of fun.”

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