Rutgers Basketball Practice Report: Season Opener Approaches

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers basketball is almost ready for its season start, and head coach Eddie Jordan is close to his starting five. He spoke about the latest developments, and injury updates, at the end of Thursday's practice.

The Headline – Rutgers basketball opens its season in eight days, and head coach Eddie Jordan is close to a starting rotation in the final days of preseason practice.

Jordan projected seniors Bishop Daniels and Greg Lewis as starters at last week’s media day. He expects a formal rotation set after the weekend.

“We’re trying to narrow some things down,” Jordan said. “We went from 10 to nine to, like, seven. Now after Saturday, we’ll get down to the first five and the next two or three guys.”

Rutgers is between preseason closed scrimmages on the court and opens its season next Friday against Rutgers Newark.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Jordan said. “I love their hard work and we’re just trying to groove things together and dot the I’s and cross the T’s a little more and work on the details. We’ve got some bumps and bruises that we had to slow down practice and cut down a little bit.”

Worth Noting – Rutgers continues to battle injuries but only center Shaquille Doorson sits as questionable for the opener. Forward DeShawn Freeman is limited in practice with an ankle injury, but Jordan did not express concern.

Quote of the Day – “We never feel comfortable in this business with recruiting until they get their name on the dotted line like all of the other things in life. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m not so concerned about trying to get a player for just trying to get a player for the player’s sake. We want a dedicated student athlete. We don’t want to stray from that philosophy. We’ll be selective. Right now we’ll see what happens.” – Jordan on the approaching early signing period.


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