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Dean Reiber becomes third Rutgers player to enter transfer portal



Dean Reiber
Caption: Wisconsin guard Chucky Hepburn (23) fouls Rutgers forward Dean Reiber (21) during the first half of their game Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo credit MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL / USA TODAY NETWORK

Days after reserves Jalen Miller and Oskar Palmquist entered  the transfer portal, Verbal Commits reported that Dean Reiber has done the same. He leaves Rutgers after three years.

Reiber played in 28 games this past season and averaged 6.8 minutes per contest. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds. His best season was the 2021-2022 campaign when he was consistently in the rotation. That season, Reiber averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game. For his career, Reiber 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.9 minutes over 69 games played.

He played hard and showcased an ability to hit shots along the perimeter at times. He struggled defending the post in serving as the backup center the past two years. Reiber should have opportunities at the mid-major level to play a larger role.

With the emergence of freshman big man Antwone Woolfolk this season, Reiber saw his role decrease. While starting center Cliff Omoruyi declared for the NBA Draft last week, he could still return. He is not hiring an agent to maintain his college eligibility. In addition, Rutgers is set to add 4-star big man Baye Ndongo to the roster for next season. After verbally committing in January, he’s expected to sign when the regular period begins on April 12.

With Reiber, Palmquist and Miller all leaving for the transfer portal, Rutgers currently has two open scholarships for the 2023-2024 season. The program has reportedly contacted several players in the transfer portal. Of course, more spots could open if other players decide to move on. Jerry Carino reported on Monday that Paul Mulcahy and Aundre Hyatt as two players currently in the process of making a decision for next season.

Steve Pikiell said in discussing potential roster moves last week that he expected a core of Cam Spencer, Derek Simpson, Mawot Mag, Woolfolk and Antonio Chol returning. In addition, high 4-star wing Gavin Griffiths and slashing point guard Jamichael Davis are joining Ndongo in the incoming freshman class.

Next season’s team will look different for sure. How Pikiell and the staff fill the open scholarships remains to be seen. Regardless of position, adding athleticism and offensive playmakers should be a priority.

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  1. RF

    March 27, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Best wishes to all the transfers. They were a part of teams that had great culture, and they contributed to the program in ways that don’t always show in the box scores.

  2. thevinman

    March 27, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    Best of luck to Dean. Rutgers will sure as hell look different next year. I just hope we can be as good or better. I guess the one guy left who might hit the transfer portal is Hyatt.

  3. BataliBoli98

    March 28, 2023 at 1:19 am

    Like I commented about Miller, Dean is, I am sure, a good kid who’s not a B1G player. Just re-read the names of the players that we know will be on the roster next year. It will be a far more athletic group on the wings and in the backcourt and that is without anyone entering via the portal. Also, with Griffiths, better shooters. What I worry about is Cliff taking his time on a decision and if he makes a late call to enter the draft or try the G-League, Pikiell might have already lost out on the legit big men in the portal. Either way, I hope that Cliff makes a relatively quick decision and of course that he stays on the Banks. Go RU!

  4. InPikeWeTrust

    March 28, 2023 at 1:40 am

    This is going to be a wild off-season. Looking forward to see how Pikiell and staff navigate it. One thing that is severely underestimated about Pikiell is his tenacity and overall competitiveness. We all see the class act that puts his players’ feelings first and always says the right thing. I’m sure he has been steaming about not getting into The Dance and is working hard to avoid a similar fate next year. It’s shaping up to be, potentially, a bit of a transition year between the Caleb-Paul-Cliff group and the, perhaps, massive 2024 recruiting class. Should be very interesting.

  5. Henry Rutgers

    March 28, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    We’re always sorry to see athletes that have represented RU with distinction leave before graduation. The portal and NIL have changed the face of amateur sports. I’m reluctant to assume that the opening created by this very popular (with the students and attending fans) will result in a significant upgrade to the on-court performance. Regardless, we’re in for renewing our season tickets.

    Reiber will be appreciated, get playing time and flourish wherever he goes.

  6. David Johnson

    March 28, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Reiber didn’t play a minute after, well I don’t what he was doing on the bench at Minnesota, spacin’ out. I wouldn’t be surprized if he did well at a lower level. A big ten player not so much.

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