Rutgers was in desparate need of a wing when coach Eddie Jordan locked in on Jonathan Laurent out of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips late in the recruiting period. Jordan locked up a commitment with the liklihood of early playing time, and Laruent received exactly that in his Rutgers debut.
"He was the three-man that we liked," Jordan said. "He can run the floor, he can get to the basket very easily. He showed a lot of good signs, driving to the basket, making jump shots, playing some good defense. The athleticism comes so easy to him, that we like what he did.”
Laurent earned a starting spot with a stellar preseason camp.
Rutgers-Newark was a wake-up call for Laurent, who committed four turnovers and four fouls in 17 minutes, but he considers himself ready to build off of the experience.
"[A starting spot] is what I was coming in to fight for," Laurent said. "I kind of knew that I wanted to start, so I was going to come in and work every day for that starting spot, and I earned that with hard work in practice, hard work in scrimmages. It was kindof rough in the first game, but I'll bounce back."