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August 10th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Rutgers Scarlet Knights


Overall Rank: #93

Conference Rank: #12 Big East


2005-06: 19-14, 7-9, 9th (t)

2005-06 postseason: NIT


It will be interesting to see how new Rutgers coach Fred Hill handles the in-game coaching.  Hill’s reputation was made as a super recruiter and how he deals with the head job is a key to this season for the Scarlet Knights. 


Who’s Out: Quincy Douby split for the NBA after being the only player on the squad to average double-digit scoring a year ago, with 25.4 points per game.  There will be a lot more shots to go around and somebody has to start hitting some of them.  Jimmie Inglis was the first big man off the bench during his senior campaign and averaged 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds.  The frontcourt loses a little depth with the transfers of Michiganders Dan Waterstadt and Zack Gibson.


Who’s In: Courtney Nelson showed promise as a freshman at Richmond before transferring to Rutgers.  The 6-1 guard averaged 6.1 points and 2.0 assists for the Spiders in 2004-2005 and, if he can stay healthy, will be a nice option off the bench.  His offensive skills need some developing, but 6-10 center Hamady N’diaye has the tools to battle for a starting spot right away.  The Senegal native, who doesn’t lack in the intensity department, can get on the glass and is a major presence on the defensive end. 


Who to Watch: Marquis Webb will be the main benefactor of Douby leaving early.  Webb was second on the team in scoring last year with 9.5 points per game and will be asked to increase his scoring load.  Webb has been more effective at the three spot throughout his career, but the 6-5 senior will likely see the majority of his minutes at the two with Douby gone.  His backcourt mate Anthony Farmer will run the point.  Farmer averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 assists during an impressive freshman campaign.  Farmer hasn’t been running the point too long after transitioning to the position late in his high school career.  He has proven he can do it at a high level and should only get better with more experience.


Final Projection: The frontcourt may end up to be the strength of this squad.  Ollie Bailey won’t put up huge numbers, but he does have starting experience.  JR Inman averaged 8.7 points and 5.3 boards as a freshman and is big and athletic enough to play either forward spot.  Center Byron Joynes started 25 games last year averaging 3.1 points and 5.5 rebounds and could lose out on his starting job to the likes of N’diaye by the time March rolls around.  And throw in oft injured Adrian Hill and under appreciate Frank Russell and there is a dynamic, athletic and talented bunch to choose from.  Trying to figure out who is going to do all the scoring raises some questions.  Farmer, Webb and Inman can only do so much.  It would be helpful if wing Jaron Griffin can hit the outside shot with more consistency and steal some more minutes as a sophomore. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Anthony Farmer, Sophomore, Guard, 8.3 points per game

Marquis Webb, Senior, Guard, 9.5 points per game

Ollie Bailey, Junior, Forward, 4.4 points per game

JR Inman, Sophomore, Forward, 8.7 points per game

Byron Joynes, Senior, Center, 3.1 points per game

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