2015–16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball team represented Rutgers University–New Brunswick during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Scarlet Knights, led by third year head coach Eddie Jordan, played their home games at the Louis Brown Athletic Center as second year members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 7–25, 1–17 in Big Ten play to finishing in last place. They lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Nebraska.

2015–16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball
Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2015–16 record7–25 (1–17 Big Ten)
Head coachEddie Jordan (3rd season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaLouis Brown Athletic Center
Seasons
2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 14 Indiana 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
No. 2 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 6   .829
No. 18 Maryland 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
No. 12 Purdue 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
No. 25 Iowa 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 12 6   .667     22 13   .629
Ohio State 11 7   .611     22 13   .629
Michigan 10 8   .556     23 13   .639
Northwestern 8 10   .444     20 12   .625
Penn State 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Nebraska 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
Illinois 5 13   .278     15 19   .441
Minnesota 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Rutgers 1 17   .056     7 25   .219
2016 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Following the season, head coach Eddie Jordan was fired.[1] He finished at Rutgers with a three-year record of 29–68.

Previous seasonEdit

The Scarlet Knights finished the 2014-15 Season 10–22, 2–16 in Big Ten play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Minnesota.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Malick Kone 0 F 6'5" 200 Senior Conakry, Guiena Graduated
Kervin Okoro 3 G/F 6'5" 215 RS Junior Bronx, NY Graduate transferred to Norfolk State
Myles Mack 4 G 5'10" 175 Senior Paterson, NJ Graduated
Junior Etou 10 F 6'7" 230 Sophomore Congo Transferred to Tulsa
Kadeem Jack 11 F/C 6'9" 235 RS Senior Queens, NY Graduated
Ryan Johnson 13 G/F 6'6" 190 Freshman Greensboro, NC Transferred to Tallahassee Community College
Stephen Zurich 21 F 6'5" 205 Junior Montvale, NJ Walk-on; didn't return

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Nigel Johnson 22 G 6'1" 180 Junior Ashburn, VA Transferred from Kansas State. Under NCAA transfer rules, Johnson will have to sit out for the 2015–16 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Omari Grier 31 G 6'4" 180 RS Senior Erial, NJ Transferred from Bradley. Will be eligible to play immediately since Grier graduated from Bradley.
Deshawn Freeman 33 F 6'6" 210 Junior Rocky Mount, NC Junior college transfer from Hutchinson Community College

2015 signing classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Corey Sanders
PG
Lakeland, FL Faith Baptist Christian Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sep 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jonathan Jean Laurent
PF
Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Apr 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Justin Goode
PF
Daleville, VA Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 10, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 1 D. J. Foreman 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Massanutten Military Acad. Spring Valley, NY
G 2 Bishop Daniels 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Word of God Christian Academy Raleigh, NC
G 3 Corey Sanders 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Faith Baptist Christian Academy Lakeland, FL
G 4 Jonathan Laurent 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Dr. Phillips Lakeland, FL
G 5 Mike Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Bishop Loughlin Brooklyn, NY
G 10 Justin Goode 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr Hargrave Military Acad. Daleville, VA
G 13 Khalil Batie 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Trenton Catholic Acad. Willingboro, NJ
G 15 Jake Dadika (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Spotswood Milltown, NJ
G 22 Nigel Johnson (I)   6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Riverdale Baptist School
Kansas State
Ashburn, VA
G 23 Jalen Hyde (W) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Franklin Somerset, NJ
G 31 Omari Grier 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Episcopal Acad.
Bradley
Erial, NJ
F/C 32 Ibrahima Diallo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr Quality Education Academy Dakar, Senegal
F 33 Deshawn Freeman 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Rocky Mount Academy
Hutchinson CC
Rocky Mount, NC
F/C 35 Greg Lewis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Sr St. Frances Academy Baltimore, MD
C 40 Shaquille Doorson 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) So Canarias Basketball Academy Netherlands
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov. 13, 2015*
7:00 pm
Rutgers–Newark W 72–59  1–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,945)
Piscataway, NJ
Nov 15, 2015*
1:00 pm
Howard
MGM Grand Main Event
W 82–70  2–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,537)
Piscataway, NJ
Nov 19, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
at St. John's
Gavitt Tipoff
L 59–61  2–1
Madison Square Garden (4,540)
New York City, NY
Nov 21, 2015*
5:00 pm
Central Arkansas
MGM Grand Main Event
W 87–84  3–1
Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,113)
Piscataway, NJ
Nov 23, 2015*
11:59 pm
vs. Creighton
MGM Grand Main Event Heavyweight semifinals
L 75–85  3–2
MGM Grand Garden Arena 
Paradise, NV
Nov 25, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Clemson
MGM Grand Main Event Heavyweight 3rd place game
L 58–76  3–3
MGM Grand Garden Arena 
Paradise, NV
Nov 30, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
Wake Forest
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 68–69  3–4
Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,817)
Piscataway, NJ
Dec 5, 2015*
Noon, ESPNews
Seton Hall
Garden State Hardwood Classic
L 55–84  3–5
Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,631)
Piscataway, NJ
Dec 8, 2015*
6:00 pm, BTN
Central Connecticut W 75–59  4–5
Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,131)
Piscataway, NJ
Dec 12, 2015*
4:30 pm, CBSSN
at George Washington L 49–83  4–6
Charles E. Smith Center (3,172)
Washington, D.C.
Dec 20, 2015*
1:00 pm, BTN
Monmouth L 67–73  4–7
Louis Brown Athletic Center (6,637)
Piscataway, NJ
Dec 23, 2015*
7:00 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson W 72–64  5–7
Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,624)
Piscataway, NJ
Dec 28, 2015*
7:00 pm, BTN
UMass Lowell W 89–66  6–7
Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,075)
Piscataway, NJ
Big Ten regular season
Dec 30, 2015
1:00 pm, ESPN2
Indiana L 72–79  6–8
(0–1)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (6,002)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 2, 2016
2:00 pm, BTN
at Wisconsin L 57–79  6–9
(0–2)
Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 6, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
at No. 3 Maryland L 63–88  6–10
(0–3)
Xfinity Center (17,950)
College Park, MD
Jan 9, 2016
5:00 pm, ESPNU
Nebraska L 56–90  6–11
(0–4)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,454)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 13, 2016
6:30 pm, BTN
at Ohio State L 68–94  6–12
(0–5)
Value City Arena (11,635)
Columbus, OH
Jan 18, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 22 Purdue L 57–107  6–13
(0–6)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,085)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 21, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 9 Iowa L 76–90  6–14
(0–7)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,209)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 27, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
at Michigan L 57–68  6–15
(0–8)
Crisler Center (11,519)
Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 31, 2016
5:15 pm, BTN
at No. 12 Michigan State L 62–96  6–16
(0–9)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 3, 2016
6:30 pm, BTN
Illinois L 101–110 3OT 6–17
(0–10)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,500)
Piscataway, NJ
Feb 6, 2016
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at Nebraska L 63–87  6–18
(0–11)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,695)
Lincoln, NE
Feb 13, 2016
4:00 pm, BTN
Ohio State L 69–79  6–19
(0–12)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,658)
Piscataway, NJ
Feb 16, 2016
9:00 pm, BTN
at Illinois L 66–82  6–20
(0–13)
State Farm Center (11,323)
Champaign, IL
Feb 20, 2016
1:00 pm, ESPNU
Penn State L 58–70  6–21
(0–14)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,307)
Piscataway, NJ
Feb 23, 2016
8:30 pm, BTN
at Minnesota L 61–83  6–22
(0–15)
Williams Arena (10,333)
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 27, 2016
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at Northwestern L 59–98  6–23
(0–16)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,833)
Evanston, IL
Mar 2, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 2 Michigan State L 66–97  6–24
(0–17)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,561)
Piscataway, NJ
Mar 5, 2016
1:00 pm, BTN
Minnesota W 75–52  7–24
(1–17)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,473)
Piscataway, NJ
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Mar 9, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
(14) vs. (11) Nebraska
First round
L 72–89  7–25
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (16,528)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time
‡: Although Rutgers counts this as a regular season game, Rutgers-Newark does not and considers it an exhibition game for their schedule.[2].

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