Rutgers men’s and women’s basketball was well represented on Thursday for Big Ten Media Day in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the event didn’t take place last season due to COVID-19, having it back and in person was a welcomed return to normalcy.
Women’s associate head coach Tim Eatman, filling in for C. Vivian Stringer who is away from the team, took to the podium first. He was immediately followed by men’s head coach Steve Pikiell, who appeared as comfortable as he has ever been at this event.
As the day continued, both programs were interviewed on BTN and the media that was present. Below is a video with Eatman, Osh Brown and Lasha Petree speaking for the women’s team. They were followed by Pikiell, Geo Baker and Ron Harper Jr.
Here is some singing from Baker, Harper Jr. and Caleb McConnell.
Former Bradley star Lasha Petree explained why she came to Rutgers for her final season.
Ron Harper Jr. was interviewed by Andy Katz and was styling. He also spoke about the younger players who have impressed him the most ahead of this season.
Geo Baker followed and was asked about his lead role in the fight for NIL rights, as well as what it means for him to return for a fifth season.
Big Ten Media Day is a marker that the start of the regular season is rapidly approaching. The women’s team opens up against St. Peter’s on November 9 while the men’s team hosts Lehigh on November 10. Stay tuned for continued preseason coverage of both programs here at On The Banks.