Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.
With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.
“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”
Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.
While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.
Now that the season is over for Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, he has a chance to play pick-up ball in his native Florida against some high-level incoming college freshman. Rivers, a former Duke guard, is a bit of a mixtape legend of his own in high school and he went against two talented future college players in LSU rising freshman Antonio Blakeney and Rutgers rising freshman Corey Sanders.
The pick-up game occurred in Winter Park, Florida and Home Team Hoops was there to film the highlights.
The high school basketball mixtape market can get over-saturated with highlight videos that simply aren’t up to par. I’ll admit I was skeptical when this mixtape of Rutgers commit and Class of 2015 guard Corey Sanders checked in at over six minutes long. I ended up watching the whole thing and it’s one of the better mixtapes I’ve seen this year.
Because the 6-foot-1 Sanders is an outstanding leaper and has a flair for highlight-reel plays, this entire mixtape is filled with dunks, dancing and dribble moves. It’s very entertaining. Sanders checks in as a four-star prospect, according to Rivals, and he’ll give the Scarlet Knights a major influx of talent to their backcourt next season. For now, check out Sanders and his love of showing off for the cameras with tremendous basketball plays.
(H/T: Home Team Hoops)