Rutgers point guard Noah Fernandes joins The Scarlet Faithful podcast to discuss his transition into the program. RU added the veteran guard early on in the spring as the offseason began. It’s a move that stabilized the roster. Fernandes is one of several reasons why head coach Steve Pikiell wants to run a more up tempo offense this season.
The 5’11” point guard is a dynamic offensive player who can take big shots while creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. Fernandes is a quick, shifty guard who can score in multiple ways. He gives Rutgers an experienced lead guard who can be a primary ballhandler. Fernandes’ ability to give the offense a much needed jolt next season makes him a tremendous addition.
In 2021-2022, Fernandes led UMass with 14.9 points, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 33.6 minutes per game. Fernandes was No. 37 nationally with a 32.4% assist rate and was No. 344 in shooting 79.0% from the foul line. He also shot 48.1% from two and 36.0% from three.
Last season, Fernandes was limited to just 11 games due to a foot injury. Before missing the final two months of the season, he averaged 13.1 points on 50.0% shooting from two-point range and 45.2% from three-point range.
Fernandes is projected to be the starting point guard for Rutgers in 2023-2024 season. It’s his only year of eligibility remaining after previous stops at UMass and Wichita State.
On this episode, Fernandes discusses his reasons for transferring into the program, life as a father, his recovery from a season ending injury, the overseas trip, his style of play and how it fits the roster, his leadership, goals and much more.
Listen and watch to our interview with Rutgers point guard Noah Fernandes below.
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