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2014 forward D.J. Foreman verbally commits to attend Rutgers

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After a rough couple of months, this past week has been a good (and much-needed) one for the Rutgers basketball program.

Three days after guard Jerome Seagears decided to return to the school for his junior season after originally transferring to Auburn, Rutgers landed its first commitment in the 2014 class when 6-9 forward D.J. Foreman announced his decision to join the program.

Foreman, a native of Spring Valley, N.Y., committed to Rutgers while on a visit to the school according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. Foreman, who attends Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, also considered Minnesota, USC, Providence and Pittsburgh according to the report.

“They made me feel like it was a family on the visit,” Foreman told SNY.tv when discussing his decision. “I love the coaching staff and it’s real close.”

Foreman has the ability to play both forward positions, and his versatility will be an asset for the Scarlet Knights as they make the move to the Big Ten in 2014. Rutgers loses Wally Judge after the 2013-14 season (this would be true of Pitt transfer J.J. Moore as well if he’s allowed to play immediately), and both Kadeem Jack and Greg Lewis will be seniors when the 2014-15 rolls around.

Adding Foreman to the fold provides Rutgers with a needed boost in the depth department, as Iowa State transfer Kerwin Okoro and incoming freshman Junior Etou are the lone underclassmen in the front court.

As important as the news of Foreman’s commitment is from a depth standpoint, there’s also the growing sense that a program thrown into turmoil this past spring is now stable. And that’s a credit to new head coach Eddie Jordan and his coaching staff, which features two holdovers in David Cox and Van Macon.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: