Rutgers Coach Eddie Jordan Seeks Maturity from Freshman Star Guard Corey Sanders

After "a bump in the road to maturity" benched Corey Sanders for the start of a loss to Wisconsin, head coach Eddie Jordan discussed the latest going into a Wednesday battle against Maryland. Jordan offered injury details on his four injured forwards -- Jonathan Laurent, DeShawn Freeman, Ibrahima Diallo and Shaquille Doorson.

Part of a freshman season involves attitude adjustment, and Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan wants to see that from star guard Corey Sanders.

The Big Ten’s leader in scoring among freshman, Sanders came off the bench in the loss to Wisconsin after what Jordan called “a bump in the road to maturity.”

“He’s got tons of talent,” Jordan said. “He’s very animated. There’s some humble pie he needs to taste a little bit of. We’ll see where it goes. We’re at practice today and we’ll see where his head is today.”

Sanders shot 1-for-8 from the floor with four assists against Wisconsin. He may not return to the starting rotation in time for Wednesday’s tip against Maryland.

“He gave great effort,” Jordan said. “He was a little bit off as far as his rhythm and his shot. … As far as organizing us and reorganizing us, he still needs some work. Just his natural talent, outside of missing shots, was pretty evident. … Hopefully we get on the same page all of us.”

Injury News

Freshman wing Jonathan Laurent sat out today’s practice after a head injury suffered against Wisconsin. He did not display concussion symptoms, Jordan said.

“He’s still not feeling so well,” Jordan said. “We have a day where we can give him a rest and see how he is tomorrow. Hopefully he can practice tomorrow but we’re taking all precautions to make sure he’s healthy enough to compete … I’m not saying it’s a concussion because I have not heard that from our medical team. It’s just a bump to the head, pretty painful at the time. He walked on his own, he didn’t have concussion symptoms but he’s still under evaluation.”

The Rutgers medical staff reevaluates junior forward DeShawn Freeman (knee) and sophomore center Shaquille Doorson (foot) on Wednesday and Friday of this week respectively, Jordan said.

“It’s an important week to see how close our guys are in coming back to help us this year,” he said.


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