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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