Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
There is good news and bad news for Rutgers hoops fans.
First, the good news.
Dane Miller, a 6-5 wing from Rochester Rush-Henrietta, is on the mend after suffering a rotator cuff injury that kept him from playing last month in the Jordan Brand Regional Game at MSG.
“It’s OK,” Miller said by text. “I’m doing therapy now. It’s feeling better.”
Miller plans to be on campus in June for summer school.
“I’m going to take summer courses,” he said.
Now, the bad news.
It’s awfully quiet on the James Beatty front.
Beatty is the 6-2 point guard from Miami Dade College Rutgers is hoping will come and run the show in Piscataway next year.
Without him, Rutgers will have to lean on Mike Coburn, Corey Chandler and maybe Mike Rosario to play the lead guard role.
Rutgers finished dead last in the Big East last season in assists (11.1) and must improve at the point guard position if it is to move up the standings.
Rutgers coach Fred Hill told the Court Club that the school had done its best to recruit the JUCO point guard and now it was up to him.
Hill also reportedly intimated that Earl Pettis or Miller could play some point.
While the additions of Miller and Florida transfer Jonathan Mitchell will certainly help the Knights up front, landing a solid, experienced point guard is a top priority in the competitive Big East.
In other Rutgers news, the team will play four games in four days in the Canary Islands between May 23-31.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.