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Podcast: Current state of Rutgers men’s basketball



Feb 26, 2023; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Derek Simpson (0) dribbles the ball around Penn State Nittany Lions guard/forward Seth Lundy (1) during the second half at Bryce Jordan Center. Rutgers defeated Penn State 59-56. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to episode No. 60 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast. With the offseason in full swing for Rutgers men’s basketball, there is plenty to review as April arrives. There is no better resource to discuss the current state of the program with than the dean of the New Jersey college basketball and Rutgers beat, Jerry Carino.

After a 16-7 start to the season and a 3-8 finish following the injury to Mawot Mag, the 2022-2023 campaign ended in disappointment. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future.

Roster changes are already in motion with three players having entered the transfer portal. In addition, Cliff Omoruyi and Paul Mulcahy have declared for the NBA Draft while maintaining their college eligibility for a potential return next season. Rutgers is reportedly active in the transfer portal as well in regard to bringing in new players for next season.

Topics discussed on this episode includes the season in review, the reshaping of the roster, lessons learned by Steve Pikiell, scheduling for next season and much more. It’s a true deep dive on the program moving forward.

Thanks to Jerry for taking time to give such great insight on the current state of Rutgers men’s basketball. And thank you so much for watching and listening once again.




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  1. pj43

    March 31, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for another interesting podcast, Aaron.  I like the idea of making a run at Massoud as well as the players mentioned in this article…
    I’m hoping that Cliff sees the light and returns for next season.  Otherwise, Rutgers will once again lack front court depth and experience.  From my point of view, I’m interested in seeing how Pikiell goes about addressing the offensive issues.  In Spencer & Griffiths, Rutgers has two shooters who seem at their best when they can spot up, catch and shoot.  All too often last season, there were too many games where I felt the half court offense failed to provide the necessary shot opportunities for Spencer to do his thing.  I’ll stop there.

  2. thevinman

    April 1, 2023 at 5:50 am

    That was a nice podcast. Not that it is needed to be said, but it was good to hear Jerry say coach Pikiell isn,t stupid. He knows where we have to improve.

  3. thevinman

    April 1, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Hunter Dickinson just entered the transfer portal. Wow! Welcome to the new world of college basketball.

  4. BataliBoli98

    April 1, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    Great podcast. I completely concur with Aaron that RU needs another guy who can attack the basket. One, Derek, isn’t enough. Cliff’s decision will be the determining factor on whether or not a Big must be prioritized. Speaking of big men, I wasn’t too disappointed to see Dickinson hit the portal.

    • thevinman

      April 3, 2023 at 3:58 pm

      Glad to see Dickinson go but I am a bit surprised. Not sure what is happening in Michigan but Howard’s own son left and declared for the draft.


    April 7, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Great pod cast … why do yo never touch on lack of a 75-80%TEAM FT shooting AVG? Do you think the individual s FT ability I’d defined by HD?
    Had Mag not been hurt but another in the 4-7 player slot woul team still had fallen off?

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