Episode No. 77 centers around Tuesday’s news that 4-star point guard Dellquan Warren has decommitted from Rutgers men’s basketball.
While it’s easy to blame NIL on Warren reopening his recruitment, he said that it was due to making a decision too early in the process and wanting more time.
The NIL focus and now panic among the fan base is growing. With the recent comment of Knights of the Raritan President Jon Newman stating that fundraising is not close to the level Rutgers needs to be competitive, there is real concern among fans that the men’s basketball team will take a serious step back because of it. This is also a bigger issue than NIL at Rutgers, a institution that’s always lagged behind with fundraising.
This episode aims to take things to a level where more factors are considered, including the big picture. It’s not all about NIL, even though NIL is a fair concern. There are positive things in place at Rutgers and within the men’s basketball program that are bigger than NIL.
I also discuss the hiring of Marlon Williamson as an assistant coach and his potential impact on recruiting. He has ties to Ace Bailey, the midwest and a strong connection with Brandin Knight.
There are still plenty of reasons to be positive with the big picture for Rutgers men’s basketball. Concerns for sure, but reasons for hope too.
Thank you for listening and watching once again.
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