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Way-too-early 2015-16 Big Ten basketball rankings

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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Poor Eddie Jordan. First it was taking over terrible projects in the NBA and now the task of leading a Rutgers program strapped for cash, low on the credibility totem pole and low on talent in the best conference in college basketball.

The saving grace this past season was pint-sized guard Myles Mack, who led the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game. He’ll be gone in 2015 though and that could mean trouble for a program looking for leadership and skill. Look to returning forward Kadeem Jack to be the leader next season, after averaging 13.0 points per game this year.

One of the two departing players, Junior Etuo, was easily the most highly regarded coming out of high school since Eddie Jordan took over. He was a defensive force inside for the Scarlet Knights, but the forward is moving on for his final two years of basketball. That leaves massive holes to fill on both ends of the court.

Rutgers isn’t exactly bringing in the cream of the crop on the recruiting trail, such is the case when you end the season on a 15-game losing streak. However, hope is that four-star point guard Corey Sanders is going to be a plug-and-play type player for Jordan’s squad.

If so, expect Rutgers to have some of the pieces available to make this a contest at the bottom of the conference next season.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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