Rutgers basketball had an atrocious season this past year, winning the least amount of games in a season since the team went 7-22 back in 1988. The Scarlet Knights lost 25 times during the season, a school high, and the end result was the firing of head coach Eddie Jordan.
Things weren't all bad, though, with the emergence of freshman Corey Sanders at least giving Rutgers fans something to possibly look forward to in the future. For a team that was offensively challenged and void of playmakers, the freshman's 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game were huge for the Knights and one of the only positives from this past season. So things got potentially dire when Sanders declared for the NBA Draft at the end of March.
Sanders, who played very well throughout conference play, wasn't seen as a likely draft pick right now and while not many people saw him staying in the draft, the speculation of Sanders possibly transferring with the firing of Jordan led to at least some doubt that he might not return. That being said, Rutgers got some good news this week with the announcement that Sanders will return to college for the 2016-17 season, instantly improving a Rutgers team that will need a lot of help to climb out of the Big Ten basement.
Rutgers guard Corey Sanders told ESPN he has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 18, 2016
While the guard was somehow snubbed from the Big Ten All-Freshman team (likely due to the combination of a four game suspension and going under the radar at Rutgers), he did lead the freshman Big Ten class in points per game and was second in assists. The decision continues a streak of positive news for Rutgers, with the team getting wing Issa Thiam to recommit earlier this month and beating out Texas for JUCO forward Candido Sa.