Corey Sanders is making the jump, and this time for good.
Open scholarships : Pikiell and his staff now have three scholarships open for this coming season after previously releasing Matt Bullock and Souf Mensah. They were hoping to use one on three-star recruit Tai Strickland, but he committed to Wisconsin several days after his visit to Rutgers. Expect Pikiell to be active beating the bush in the coming weeks and months for any last-minute commits or graduate transfers. Rutgers is getting transfer Peter Kiss and heralded recruits Ron Harper Jr. and Montez Mathis next year, but it will need more firepower.
Big loss : Sanders was Rutgers’ best player, its leading scorer and was instrumental in the Scarlet Knights’ late-season run to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. He will be tough to replace for a team that was offensively challenged to begin with.
New look : The Scarlet Knights will lose their top two scorers – senior forward Deshawn Freeman and Sanders – as well as their glue guy and emotional leader in senior guard Mike Williams. This is sophomore guard Geo Baker’s team now, and Year 3 of the Pikiell era could very well look like Year 1 given the production that is exiting off a team that was only 15-19.
Boone remembered Halladay, nicknamed Doc, as someone who commanded so much respect throughout the game.
Toronto honored Hallday, a surefire Hall of Fame starting pither who died Nov. 7 when he crashed his personal airplane into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40.
Halladay is only one of six pitchers win the Cy Young in the American League and the National League. He played in eight All-Star Games. Halladay played 12 seasons in Toronto and four years with the Phillies before signing a one-day contract to retire with the Blue Jays.
Toronto honored him with a pregame ceremony in which it retired his No. 32.