It’s been a busy offseason for Rutgers men’s basketball so far. In a college basketball world where there is so much uncertainty, people around the program were rooting for all three players who transferred out to find new homes quickly. With over a thousand players in the portal, receiving a scholarship somewhere else is not guarantteed. The good news is now Jalen Miller, Dean Reiber and Oskar Palmquist have all landed safely with new programs.
Jalen Miller was the first of the three transfers to find a new home. He announced his commitment to Oral Roberts out of the Summit League on April 24. Miller played in 47 games over two seasons at Rutgers. He averaged less than a points, assist and rebound in 6.9 minutes per game. The 6’2″ guard from Frederick, Maryland had trouble breaking into the rotation last season as a sophomore. Known for his on ball pressure defense, Miller has two years of eligibility remaining.
Dean Reiber announced he was transferring to his home state to play for Charlotte in the AAC last week. The Greensboro, North Carolina native played three seasons for the Scarlet Knights. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game in 69 career appearances. Reiber shot 45.5% from the floor.
The 6’10” forward provided energy and effort off the bench for RU. He could step out and a hit a three or attack the rim on occassion. Reiber did struggle at times defending true centers within the Big Ten. His best season was the 2021-2022 campaign in which he averaged 2.9 points on 53.3% shooting along with 1.3 rebounds. A fan favorite with several nicknames, Reiber has two years of eligibility remaining due to Covid.
Oskar Palmquist graduated Rutgers this past week and on Friday announced he was committing to Elon. The High Point, North Carolina school is in the CAA conference. Palmquist averaged 1.7 points and just under one rebound in 48 career games. He broke though this past season with a 13 point, 2 rebound, 2 assist, performance at home against Minnesota on February 1. After Mawot Mag was injured, Palmquist filled a bigger role and provided some scoring off the bench at times.
Best of luck to all three players on their new destinations.
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