As the end of July approaches, Rutgers men’s basketball is still working to fill its remaining three scholarships for the 2023-2024 season. It appears they may fill all three after all.
A familiar name surfaced on Friday that could make for an interesting storyline.
Per a source, former Rutgers wing Oskar Palmquist has re-entered the transfer portal. He left after last season & transferred to Elon in May. With three open scholarships currently, the option for him to return to Rutgers is a real possibility. Shot 36.4% from three last season.
— Aaron Breitman (@aaron_breitman) July 21, 2023
After seeing limited action most of his career, Palmquist emerged in the second half of last season. Following the defections of Cam Spencer and Paul Mulcahy, bringing Palmquist back makes sense, especially this late in the offseason. He would provide a veteran presence off the bench with a specific skill in shooting threes who knows the system well.
Jeremiah Williams is visiting Rutgers in July 24 and is very much in play as a potential addition. He averaged 9.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds for Temple as a sophomore. Last season, he missed the entire year with an Achilles injury after transferring to Iowa State. He would need a waiver to be eligible as a two-time transfer. It’s very possible that Rutgers looks at Jeremiah as a sit out candidate who will have two years of eligibility beginning in the 2024-2025 season.
Austin Williams is a grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. He visited recently and the 6’4″, 200 pound guard appears to be a good fit on paper for what Rutgers needs on next season’s roster. He is a bigger guard with experience who can create off the dribble and is effective in playing through contact. Williams is a good rebounding guard who is unselfish and shares the basketball. After finishing a class, it seems likely he will land at Rutgers.
On Episode No. 117 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast, I discuss these three potential additions, how they would fill necessary holes in the current roster, the benefits of all three players and the overall potential makeup of the roster for next season.
Listen and watch below.
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