Hoops: Sanders to Miss Opener, Doorson Out

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers tips off against Rutgers-Newark Friday without two of its scholarship players, the school announced. Freshman star point guard Corey Sanders received a self-imposed penalty which results in a one-game suspension and sophomore center Shaquille Doorson is out indefinitely with a foot injury.

The Headline: Rutgers fans will have to wait another 48 hours before they see freshman phenom Corey Sanders debut at the RAC. Sanders received a one-game suspension for his participation in a summer non-sanctioned basketball event.

Rutgers enacted the penalty, which the NCAA accepted and leaves Sanders on the bench Friday against Rutgers-Newark.

"Corey loves the game, and never passes up the opportunity to play," coach Eddie Jordan said in a statement. "He competed when he shouldn't have, however, and we accept that penalty. We look forward to having him on the floor versus Howard on Nov. 15."

Sanders was Jordan's top signee in the class of 2015, and projects to start early in his career at point guard. He did not miss practice time as a result of the penalty.

Rutgers also announced that Shaquille Doorson is out indefinitely with an injury to his left foot. Jordan shut down Doorson early in preseason camp after a practice injury. He averaged 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 29 games as a freshman.

"We want to ensure that Shaquille returns to the floor in optimum health," Jordan said. "He will remain engaged in every aspect of the program."

Jordan expects a nine-man rotation ready for tipoff.

"We've been pretty used to Shaq being out," Jordan said. "Corey is a little bit different. We just have to make some adjustments. We knew that was coming, but I wanted him in every rotation, every drill, get his reps in. He still is doing it. He's just not doing it with the first team."

Worth Noting: Junior College All-American DeShawn Freeman continues to play through pain with ankle and thumb injuries.

"He's got little a crack in his thumb," Jordan said. "He's played with a brace on the last two practices. He seems great, but we just have to see. It could be some setback before Friday if he hits it again. He's wearing a big bandage on it, so we'll see."

Quote of the Day: "Ironic? Scary? Yes, scary. It's scary because they're going to come in here with a lot of juice, and they're a good team. I think they lost a few players from last year, but we've got to be ready. It's a big game for us, no doubt about it." -- Jordan on a Rutgers vs. Rutgers-Newark matchup.

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