Caleb McConnell is back for his fifth year

You can almost hear the opposing groans of the Ten Great Guardians from here.

Conference Defensive Player of the Year Caleb McConnell will play his fifth season with Rutgers basketball as a postgraduate student.

6 feet – 7 adults He announced his return on Wednesdayy after spending the past two months exploring the NBA draft process.

“I’m excited to be back on one last tour with the Crimson Knights in 2022-23,” McConnell said in a statement. “I learned a lot through the training process for the 2022 NBA Draft. I want to give a shout-out to my coaches, teammates and family to help me make that decision about my future. We have built so much over the past four seasons in RU, and I can’t wait to see what we achieve next year. I can’t wait to see RU Nation at Jersey Mike’s Arena!”

February 26, 2022;  Piscataway, New Jersey, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights goalkeeper Caleb McConnell (22) fights Wisconsin Badgers Johnny Davis (1) for a loose ball during the first half at Jersey Mike Arena.  Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

McConnell’s return was expected. Although an influential player in college, he never demonstrated the shooting or ball handling abilities that the NBA and JG scouts value above all else. He has not received invitations to any of the major scouting fairs – the Portsmouth Invitational, G League Combine, or NBA Combine. It was announced just hours before the draft withdrawal deadline because he’s gone through several trainings with NBA teams this week, including on Wednesday.

Rutgers coach Steve Bikel will gladly embrace his return.

McConnell averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this past season as the Crimson Knights finished 18-14 after their second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance for the first time since the mid-1970s. With the ability to defend four positions, the point guards through the strength of the attackers, have been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He led the league in thefts with a score of 70.