Rutgers Lands Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell as Basketball Coach

The Rutgers basketball coach search is over with Steve Pikiell of Stony Brook pegged as Pat Hobbs' choice for the vacant position. Pikiell's season ended Thursday night when Stony Brook lost to Kentucky in his first NCAA tournament.

For six of the last seven years, Steve Pikiell led Stony Brook to post-season appearances after he took over a four-win team in 2005. For a school with no post-season appearances since 2006, Rutgers basketball hopes Pikiell is the man to rebuild a once-dangerous program.

Less than 48 hours after Stony Brook bowed out of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Kentucky, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs pounced and is set to hire Pikiell after he fired Eddie Jordan nine days ago, sources said.'s Steve Politi first reported the hire.

The hire is not yet official and awaits formal Board of Governor's approval, which could come as early as Monday morning. No terms are available as of Saturday morning.

Pikiell won 53 percent of his games as a head coach and played point guard for Connecticut before he began a career on the sidelines.

Rutgers holds two commitments in its 2016 recruiting class in guard Jahlil Tripp and forward Issa Thiam. Wing Maishe Dailey de-committed last night but expects to speak soon with the new head coach.

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