Rutgers men’s basketball head coach Steve Pikiell made his first appearance on the Big Ten stage at the conference’s Media Day in Washington D.C. late this morning. Today marks his 200th day on the job and he reflected on a lot of the changes that have taken place since he took over the program. He was upbeat and positive, fielding a few questions from the media. I was fortunate to ask coach about whether the team has progressed as much as he had hoped for at this point, both from a conditioning standpoint and in terms of how he wants them to play on the court. He gave a very thorough answer, which you can see in full with BTN’s video of Pikiell’s entire presser below. I only ask that you remember the camera adds 10 pounds when you see my mug appear on screen.
My first impression of Pikiell is that he is ready to start the season and is truly happy with how the players have bought in. He represented well at the podium and it was great to see him on this stage for the first time. He seemed determined to change the perception of Rutgers basketball. He also pulled a classy move, referencing former head coach Eddie Jordan in a very positive way.
I’ll have plenty more from Big Ten Media day later on, including a chance to talk with guards Mike Williams and Corey Sanders this afternoon. Stay tuned!
Steve Pikiell on being universally picked to finish last: "We've put it up in the locker room."— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) October 13, 2016