“The Barn” at Rutgers is an alcove of basketball history. As of April 29, 2017, the dilapidated former home of Rutgers basketball stands in honor of one of the school's greatest sources of pride.
As the main event of “Rutgers Day,” the school officially dedicated the Barn to former Rutgers co-captain and hall of famer Jim Valvano.
“We are incredibly proud to place Jimmy V’s name upon the historic court on which he competed and began his coaching career,” said Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs. “Jim inspired millions with his approach to life and how he dealt with adversity. It’s only fitting that the place where he began his college basketball career honor him in this way.”
Valvano played on the College Avenue campus during his Rutgers tenure. Before Valvano became an iconic coach at NC State, he scored 1,122 points at Rutgers and began a coaching career.
“It's just too bad that I wont be there because I'm a big Jimmy Valvano fan and his family is the best,” said Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell, who spent Saturday on the recruiting trail with his staff. “We're going to have a lot of former players back, too. He was a great ambassador to Rutgers and to basketball and our university and a great player. I think it's neat that they're naming his court after him over there in the Barn.”
The Barn houses Rutgers wrestling and volleyball until the competition of the RWJ Barnabas multi-sport facility. It was the home of Rutgers basketball until the 1977 construction of the RAC.
“The more stories I hear about the Barn, the place was rocking,” Pikiell said. “We're trying to make the RAC the same environment it had at the Barn. We're very thankful to his family. It's a really nice honor for all of the great things he's done for Rutgers and for basketball.”