Linked below is a really good article on how Steve Pikiell has gone about changing the culture of Rutgers basketball by stressing the importance of small details. It’s important to note that the linked article was written long before Rutgers’ upset win over in-state rival Seton Hall last weekend. Rutgers’ transformation under Pikiell has been startling, but not all that surprising if you saw the rebuild job he did at Stony Brook. Good article about a very good coach and a GREAT program builder.
Seeing eye-to-eye with Sanders is not something that happened overnight. At his first team meeting after getting the job, Pikiell told the players their top priority should be getting in the gym for extra work on their own. “We harped on that from day one,” Pikiell said. “And it didn’t work.” He kept harping, and the players, perhaps won over by his tactical acumen in games, started trickling in. Sanders was one of them, and his buy-in is a big reason why the staff feels like Rutgers is ready to take a leap forward this season. “Corey decided he was going to get into the gym,” Pikiell said. “We’ve started to build that culture, and the guys are getting better.”