Rutgers basketball has always been a team on the cusp of being a really good team. The move to the Big Ten has not seen the fruits of that labor quite yet. The money is there to help build the program but the team itself is just OK.
The Scarlet Knights are not your typical favorite to win the conference or March Madness, but you never know and can get NCAA betting tips for Rutgers and Big Ten basketball before things start changing this summer when kids enroll on campus.
Why not live in the past for a moment and take a look to fondly remember the top Rutgers basketball players ever to grace their presence in the scarlet and gray.
- Phil Sellers (1972-76). He was supposed to head to Notre Dame out of high school, however Sellers instead landed at Rutgers and helped the team to that infamous 1976 Final Four and was on what is wildly considered the greatest team in school history that took a 31-0 mark into the Final Four. Sellers still is the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
- Bob Lloyd (1864-67). He became the first-ever Scarlet Knights player to earn First-Team All-American and he still holds the school record for career scoring average (26.5 ppg). As a senior Lloyd led all of college basketball in free throw percentage at 92.1%. He also helped Rutgers to its first postseason tourney which was the 1967 NIT.
- Mike Dabney (1972-76). He helped Rutgers advance to the aforementioned Final Four in 1976. Dabney was an honorable mention All-America guard who had a knack for turning steals into fast-break layups. He was a third-round pick of the Lakers.
- James Bailey (1975-79). A high-flying dunker who was the sixth pick way bak in the 1979 NBA draft, Bailey is Rutgers No. 3 all-time scorer and also the second best rebounder ever. As a freshman, he helped the school go to the 1976 Final Four.
- Eddie Jordan (1973-77). As a point guard, he was a driving force behind Rutgers march to that 1976 Final Four team. Jordan enjoyed a great NBA career before becoming a Rutgers assistant and head coach of three NBA teams.
- Kelvin Troy (1977-81). He put up over 1,000 points in his Rutgers career and has coached overseas. Troy, a skilled player off of the dribble could come off screens as a shooter, was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1981 draft.
That is a lot to live up to if any current Rutgers player is going to be in the conversation as the best Rutgers player of all time.