College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
Coach: Mark Rice (2 seasons at Rutgers 29-35) Overall 102-65, 5 years
2011-12: Record 14-18 overall, 6-12 in Big East ( Tie 11th)
Starters Returning (3) Jerome Seagears, Eli Carter, Dane Miller
Preseason Tournament: None
Top Non-Conference Games: at Ole Miss
Transfer Out: Gilvydas Burita (Rhode Island), Tyree Graham (UNC-Wilmington), Austin Carroll (American)
Sat Out: Wally Judge (Kansas State)
It has been 11 years since the Scarlet Knights have had a winning record in the Big East. I really think Mark Rice has this program heading the right way and this is probably the best Rutgers team in years. The Scarlet Knights return 7 out of their 8 top scores from last season. Plus they add a big time transfer. The bad news the same core of players finished 6-12 in the Big East.
Last year guards Eli Carter (13.8 ppg), Myles Mack (9.8 ppg) and Jerome Seagears (7.7 ppg) were all freshman, now there are big things expected out of these sophomores. The trio averaged over 31 points per game last season. Look for these 3 players to start as Rutgers goes small. All these players are interchangeable and capable of running the point guard position. Carter is the big shooter, while Seagears is the best passer, while Mack is a solid defender. Rutgers have solid depth here with Mike Poole (6.5 ppg), Malick Kone (3.3 ppg) and JUCO transfer Vincent Garrett.
Leading Rutgers in the frontcourt is senior Dane Miller (7.9 ppg). While his scoring production dipped a little last season he still led the Scarlet Knights in rebounding. Joining him upfront will be Kansas State transfer Wally Judge. The former McDonald All American will have a chance to live up to his hype coming out of high school. Like the backcourt the Scarlet Knights have some solid depth here. Providing that depth is Austin Johnson (4.1 ppg), Kadeem Jack(1.2 ppg), Derrick Randall (2.5 ppg) and Greg Lewis(.6 ppg). Look for a breakout season by Jack who was slowed by an injury as a freshman.