I’m leaving New Brunswick for western Pennsylvania in the morning to broadcast the Rutgers-Pittsburgh football game, so here’s a few miscellaneous thoughts before I let Mike and Brian hold down the fort for the weekend (unless the city is extremely boring).
Rutgers men’s basketball was picked to finish twelfth in the Big East conference by the league’s coaches. I have to say that I was surprised by how high RU was slotted. It is really a testament to Fred Hill’s recruiting as well as a clue that the coaches know the talent is in place for the Scarlet Knights.
Despite winning the award last season, I disagreed with the pick of Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody as the preseason recipient of the Player of the Year. In my opinion, the most skilled and well-rounded player is Louisville’s Terrance Williams and I think he’ll romp through out-of-conference play after recovering from his knee surgery.
All three of the honorable mentions for the All-Big East First Team were snubbed from their rightful spots. Connecticut forward Jeff Adrien (who I profiled earlier), Marquette guard Dominic James and Louisville combo forward Earl Clark (he was listed as a G/F/C while at Rahway HS in NJ) all deserved to be first-team players.
Georgetown freshman forward Greg Monroe along with former St. Benedict’s (NJ) forward Samardo Samuels were both good picks for Rookie of the Year. Rutgers’ Gregory Echenique and Mike Rosario are both dark-horse candidates for the award, as they’ll have to carry a solid workload for the Scarlet Knights to succeed.
Off to Pittsburgh… lots of rain expected at Heinz Field on Saturday.