Steve Pikiell is a program builder. Not exactly the type of coach who will bring instant success to a school. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights knew this when they hired him way from Stony Brook.
While Rutgers fell in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, and the overall record might not look like the best thing in the world, it was a season of growth for the program. An identity was established, overall improvement was had, and a general reason for optimism is now in place for the future.
“A lot of good things were accomplished (this season),” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. “I’m proud of our guys and our young guys grew up a lot.”
Now that their season is over, save for any postseason tournaments not named the NCAA Tournament they might participate in, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights finished the 2018-19 voyage with an overall record of 14-17. They won seven league games as well, the most for the program since the 2005-06 season (when they were in the Big East).
Don’t sleep on Steve Pikiell.
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