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Podcast: Rapid Reaction to Noah Fernandes committing to Rutgers



Feb 20, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; Wichita State Shockers guard Noah Fernandes (11) drives to the basket past South Florida Bulls forward Michael Durr (4) during the first half at Charles Koch Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to episode No. 62 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast. This episode is a rapid reaction to Thursday’s news. UMass transfer point guard Noah Fernandes has committed to Rutgers basketball.

Fernandes is a quick, shifty guard who can score in multiple ways. He is a good ball distributor who can create shots for himself and his teammates. The 5’11” guard is a dynamic offensive player that can take big shots while also having a willingness to be unselfish.

The Mattapoisett, Massachusetts native spent one season at Wichita State before the last three at UMass. He has one year of eligibility remaining. Fernandes took his first visit to Rutgers and was scheduled to visit Butler this coming weekend. However, they received several backcourt commitments last weekend. In addition, Fernandes was pursued by NC State, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Boston College among several others.

Getting him committed before he took any other visits was a tremendous job by Pikiell and the coaching staff. As a grad transfer, Fernandes is eligible to play right away next season without having to sit out as a two-time transfer.

My rapid reaction includes the impact that Fernandes will have on the team, how it will reshape the offense and the roles of the backcourt, as well as much more.

Stay tuned for another podcast with a UMass insider as guest to give their perspective on the type of player that Rutgers is getting in Fernandes. It will be out on Friday.

Thanks for listening and watching once again.



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  1. pj43

    April 15, 2023 at 3:21 am

    Aaron made a compelling case for the benefits Fernandes adds to the roster in terms of added talent and depth. I look forward to seeing how effective he is at PG. I certainly agree that another big player is needed through the transfer portal and needs to be an upgrade over Reiber.

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